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Happy 2020 Equinox

Happy Equinox 2020

The Autumn Equinox returns to the Northern hemisphere and the rising of the Spring in the Southern world, the point of balance, the moment of stability. For twice a year through the centuries and millennia, through times of plenty and peace and through loss and suffering, the wheel of the year keeps turning. And so it is today, whether your land is still ravaged by the pandemic or picking itself up, putting the pieces back together and moving forward in hope if not in certainty.

For each day, for most of us who are blessed, life goes on, love grows, relationships end, babes are born, children complain about homework and chores, we juggle busy lives and repeat for the thousandth time the immortal words never again, people get sick from diseases not connected with the pandemic and need treatment; birthdays are celebrated, we get married, gain money and lose it, eat dinner, do the dishes, sleep, wake, laugh, cry; personal and professional triumphs and disasters vie with official restrictions and statistics for our emotions.

For the world still turns and six months from now when the equinoxes change places in their onward cosmic dance, lies the promise of harvesting the results of our present hopes and transforming them into new spring beginnings, fresh life, laughter and hopes fulfilled.

Even now on this Equinox the harvest we reap, can bring cautious but genuine welcoming of strangers we encounter, using our eyes and voices even when smiles must be masked, rather than showing suspicion or antipathy of those who accidentally move too close.

Our today and tomorrow springtime we plant is to try to understand and learn from those who are different, who don’t share our life view, but with whom we must cooperate to recreate a less polluted, more inclusive world, our planting of the seeds of unity through shared experiences of sorrow.

Covid-19 has shown we don’t need wars or destruction to wipe out nations or endanger species. Wildfires too still ravage and hurricanes rip communities apart Yet we can conserve and start to rebuild so by next Equinox we reap and sow pure happiness.

Finally for all whether in dark times or rubbing their eyes as they creep back into the light of life, a Rainbow Spell for happiness for the six months ahead until that next anticipated Equinox.

You will need:

Seven small candles, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and white.

Timing:

Equinox Eve or the evening of the Equinox itself.

The Spell:

Put the candles in the above order in a circle so red is first and white is last and white is next to red, set clockwise, on a table or the floor and sit looking at them.




Happy Full Moon n Pisces

Happy Pisces Full Moon on September 2 at 05.22 UTC (See www.moongiant.com for the precise time in your region, In some places full moon will occur late on the 1st)

Among some Native North American nations, this moon is called Full Corn Moon or Barley Moon and When the Plums are Scarlet by the Lakota Sioux.

Has time really skidded by so fast since the Aquarian full moon of August as weeks chase after months, that the full moon is rising again? Have we made progress as we try to balance economics and health, borders international and interstate open and close, freedom beckons only to be deferred as infection numbers rise and fall?

Sometimes it seems as if every time we relax our guard, the pandemic dominates centre stage, tearing down the scenery of the play we are constantly rewriting. Yet still the stars come out and the sun shines and the rain falls and winds batter the land, even as we strive to resolve centuries-old inequalities and people worldwide take to the streets, regarding warnings as less vital that their message.

But above the shifting sands, the full moon does still shine, the lovely flowing Pisces Full Moon promising where there is sorrow there will follow joy-and yes more tears, but then laughter again and better days where there is now in so many parts of the world much uncertainty.

The instability of the Pisces moon reminds us there are no guarantees of safety, not for us, nor the late summer butterfly enjoying every moment of the light or for our carefully constructed Lego brick security we once believed would hold firm against any threat or disaster. We didn’t know it all after all, don’t have the answers or the Get out of gaol free card. Spacecraft span the universe, but we don’t yet have a vaccine.

Yet we cannot hold back through fear. On this moon we must seek that small island of calm in the midst of the encroaching tide, adapt those carefully made pre-pandemic plans into modified pleasures, rather than abandoning our dreams. We must rebuild that future time and time again, invest more in health care and research for countless ills of the modern world as a priority over inter-galactic travel or luxury- insulated politicians, until we can all walk free and unafraid, some for the first time ever.

Each night, each morning, cast a circle of love around those you care for and your home and for those you know are suffering or have lost loved ones for any reason, using this adapted form of an Old Celtic blessing, Circle this home, Mother, Father, Keep harm without, keep peace within. Circle this home Father, Mother, Make all safe by day and night and bless them with the morning light.

Finally, this moon offers hope that by the next Piscean Full moon the world will be not only safer but a better place for all .


Happy Full Moon in Aquarius from Cassandra and Debi on 3 August 15.59 UTC, called the moon when all things ripen by the Dakota Sioux nation( see https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/full-moon.html. for the full moon time in your own part of the world.)

This is a full moon to set aside doubt and impatience, for never has this Aquarian moon been more welcome than at a time when Covid 19 has in so many parts of the world caused what we called certainty to lurch into unpredictability.

Full Moon in Aquarius is the night and indeed the day or two afterwards to step back from the understandable fears, the uncertainty of a global disaster we would have dismissed as a bad movie, soothed by popcorn and home to normality that for many of us with blessed lives took for granted.

The Aquarian Mother Moon steadies us in these uncertain times to consider what we can do to bring the virus under control, not only though the tireless research into vaccines and better treatment, but a creating a more cautious world from the one where on meeting and parting we kissed and hugged even virtual strangers, socially and sometimes meaninglessly. We have learned through the downsides of social distancing to express our pleasure at meeting people through what we say and through our eyes that cannot lie as smiles false and genuine alike are masked. Hugs are precious now, reserved for those we truly care for and can hold again at last and so have meaning.

A step back, the Moon in Aquarius tells us, even communicating online makes us consider what we do really want to say and how we say it and so we are more thoughtful, less wrapped up in personal dramas for we know any minute the line may fade.

Aquarius Moon is our conscience too reminding us that the issues the pandemic has cast up, child hunger, family poverty, isolation of older people long before the virus struck, homelessness, poor living conditions, smashing to pieces towns and countries and their people in war masquerading as justice when the silent stealthy killer has wiped out millions without even firing a shot or dropping a bomb. The silent skies have lifted pollution and wildlife returned to cities. When life does come back at least almost normally, this Moon reminds us to note what we have learned, not least life is precious.


The time of Lughnassadh, the first harvest in the Northern hemisphere, mirrored in the south by Imbolc, the first stirrings of new life.

A hard harvest in many parts of the world and the early growth pushes against the frozen ground of fears even in those places relatively Covid- 19 free, will the virus return? Will scientists find the vaccine, the magical bullet treatment they work on day and night and give us back our world?

Travel is restricted, masks hide smiles or uncertainties at strangers while others party recklessly and play Can’t catch me with the Grim Reaper.

Employment worries, restrictions in many places on weddings and social gatherings, leaders promising good times ahead if we follow the maze of guidelines changing every day as we peer anxiously over our shoulders and fear the footfall of the inexplicable cough. Others assure us it’s all a conspiracy theory like little green men-and if folks you used to see aren’t there anymore, maybe they are just on vacation and the screaming ambulance sirens are paramedics in a hurry to get to the fast food outlet

But babies are still born, couples declare words of love even across cyber space, we write books, paint pictures, fix roofs, protest about injustices, struggle to balance the budget, party maybe a bit too close on the beach and complain about the kids, the neighbours and the price of eggs.

For there is still now and we can smile with our eyes even if we worry inside-and those lucky enough to be reunited with families well and strong, slipping back into taking them oh such a little for granted again.

Tomorrow has no guarantees, no definite will or must be, for it is as yet unfinished by the Sisters of Fate constantly reforming their golden weaving in this Sci Fi movie that is real life; the trivial or major worries we had pre-virus are still there, though maybe much more in proportion as death now wantonly partners life in the cosmic dance.

There is today, gloriously as the sunrise and each day wherever we live in the world we give thanks for new life in the first growth of the year however tentative and as night falls, we celebrate a mini- harvest of what we have achieved.

Today too, those of us able to live and breathe freely, welcome that day as a gift, no time or space or regrets, but for planning not just dreaming ,what we will do when life is free to smile mask free, when we can fly across the worlds, talk to strangers, move to new homes or decide we like where we are, exchange vows or decide we really are happiest alone, put right the community and global wars and inequalities, make sure every child is well fed and everyone has a home and not return to the polluted skies and waters. If we are temporarily on hold action-wise we will be ready to take the world by storm, to plant and tend and reap the biggest harvest ever-and if possible take those first steps now.

For wherever we live, , we can take the tapestry of fate from the Old Crones' hands and say whatever happens in the future , I will make of this day a thing of beauty that it will become a star in the firmament, a sun beam or a blue moon gossamer wish floating through the velvet blue sky. I will live authentically and with dignity-and reach out even digitally to those made lonely by the enforced isolation.

On this strangest Lughnassadh and Imbolc, though through the ages others must have celebrated in times of disease, poverty and sorrow- we reach out in faith to those better days, when we won’t looking over our shoulder or listen for the coughing footfall behind us-we can, we must believe we shall meet and rejoice again.


Deer with lake in photos

Happy Full Moon (Buck Moon) in Capricorn

Happy Full Moon in Capricorn on July 5 at 04.44 am UTC.

It was named by the Algonquin and other Native North American nations as Buck Moon, recalling the appearance of new velvety antlers on the bucks. Called also Full Thunder Moon because of the frequency of thunderstorms at this time of year in the Northern hemisphere. It is as as bonus a penumbral lunar eclipse when the moon passes through the edges of the shadow the earth casts in space and so is seen to dim.

See https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2020-july-5 to find out where the lunar eclipse is at least partially visible and also the precise time of the full moon in your region ,for in some lands it will occur later on June 4.

The moon may unusually seem full for a day either side of the actual date. So as they say in ballroom dancing it’s a slow, slow quick, quick slow period where Independence Day in the US will in many places have more muted festivities than usual, where the eclipse isn’t a full blown-cosmic light show but causes the moon just to temporarily fade.

Capricorn puts on the brakes and drives in second gear, saying proceed slowly, be cautious, even in areas the virus seems to have gone away, because already worldwide we are seeing the second wave. The thunderstorm isn’t fully over. A Capricorn full moon is apt in a world surging back into freedom after lockdown, but sometimes finding it was too early for mass celebrations, that travel as we knew it, is put back many months, jobs uncertain, education in some countries disrupted and loved ones lost, years before their natural time. No use crying over spilt milk, the Capricorn moon echoes my late mother’s words, make do and mend, cut your coat according to the cloth and in a fast consumer led, throw- away society, that is an alien concept.

Time to borrow from Great-Grandma’s rainy day pot for a bit of resourcefulness. Time to dig into life’s pot luck dinner of accepting and building on what’s on offer , not what we really really want. Counting those blessings that got scattered in all directions, making me whinge like a five year old about where I can’t go, what I can’t do and who I can’t see. Time to take off my government-geriatric rain hat provided for the over-seventies I’ve been scowling under for weeks and dusting off my cobwebby get up and go.

 If you are starting over again, emerging from lockdown at least partially, this moon will enable you to make the first tentative steps and to know that long-term is the best way forward rather than a sudden leap. Hold on if you doubt or despair for as this moon wanes it promises we can rebuild step by step and make something just as good and even better out of the tatters and the scatters.

So best foot forward and pin on a smile as we embrace the Capricorn Moon.


Solar eclipse at sunset
Happy
Summer Sostice

Happy Summer Solstice and annular eclipse

An annular Solar Eclipse is due on June 21 when the moon moves in front of the sun, covering the sun’s centre and appearing as a ring of fire or annulus over Central Africa, the Southern Arabian peninsula, Pakistan, Northern India and South Central China. The partial eclipse can be seen over most of Asia, Africa, South and Eastern Europe, Northern Australia and parts of the Pacific and Indian Ocean (see https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2020-june-21 for where the partial as well as the full annular eclipse can be seen.).

You can then tune into its energies wherever you live in the world even if it’s not physically visible.

Most remarkably this solar event occurs on the Solstice when the sun reaches its full power in the Northern hemisphere and is reborn in the Southern at the same moment. This combination of solar power will not occur again on the Solstice until 2039.

We can watch on web cam the first partial eclipse at 3.45 UTC starting at sunrise in Africa and passing over China to set in the Pacific Ocean at 09.34 UTC, wherever we are in the world. The actual annular eclipse begins at 04.47 and ends at 08.32 UTC.

A cosmic sign surely that the fire of humanity has not been quenched by the pandemic- and that the ring of fire reminds us that hope and enterprise still burns. A time then when in the midst for some of deep sorrow and anxiety, the sun makes a defiant blaze refusing to allow her light to be dimmed and the mighty Archangel of the Sun Michael who has embraced the sun deities of many ages and lands, is a reminder of the unquenchable sun.

To break free of the restrictions and the hardships of this time we can use the energies of that solar ring of fire and the power of the Solstice, to ignite within ourselves and those not strong enough to fight any more, the power of renewal as the Eclipse takes away pain and promises the future is there just over that horizon.

A Michael Archangel of the Sun Solar Eclipse and Solstice ritual for hope renewed.

You will need

A gold candle, Michael’s colour, to last the time either of the partial or annular eclipse in your region even if you can’t see it or as long as you wish to leave it burning.

A ball of gold thread or gold string.

A broad-based candle holder.

Scissors.

A ring of eight small red candles around the gold one.

Timing

June 21

The Spell

Cassandra and Debi



Happy Full Moon in Sagittarius

Happy Full Moon in Sagittarius

Happy Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 5, 19.12 UTC. It is also a penumbral lunar eclipse. This means it is harder to see than an ordinary full eclipse and occurs as the moon moves through the faint outer part of the earth’s shadow and so is often mistaken for an ordinary full moon- turning slightly darker than the normal full moon during the maximum phase of the eclipse. (see https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2020-june-5 for the time of the full moon in your locality and the places you can see the eclipse).

An apt form of eclipse as we tentatively open the front door again and look out at the world reflecting sadly for some the loss of loved ones and financial security. But also, we see a less polluted, clearer world, more precious for having everyday life taken from us for a while and have survived. We know now health workers, transport and service providers, those who grow, transport and sell food and many others who are low paid and disregarded, are actually the ones who have kept the world turning. We have learned the hard way they are worth so much more than the celebrities, the football stars and the politicians with their second and third homes, with their sense of entitlement to live by their own rules.

We have learned stark lessons about inequalities, prejudice and discrimination we pretended or didn’t acknowledge existed. Now those of us that have survived have the chance and duty to create new priorities, fairer more respectful ways of sharing the earth and its resources and opportunities with our fellow humans and creatures.

For the penumbral eclipse still has the power to effect change , getting rid of what you don’t want any more in your life and opening the way for new beginnings, but subtly, thoughtfully, aware of what has been lost and what still can be attained with care and realising how precious life is.

This Sagittarian full moon and eclipse are especially helpful in shifting the energies that many of us still in lock-down from coronavirus may feel in terms of personal helplessness and frustration and helps us to start planning for that future we can create, taking the first tentative steps towards a second chance to get life right for others as well as ourselves.

What is more the Sagittarian moon is the moon of hope and appreciation of beauty in the most mundane settings before the world slowed and trembled on its axis and the awareness all should have beauty not concrete in their lives.

She is the called the Full Strawberry Moon among the Algonquin nation and other nations in the Native North American world and Rose Moon in Europe.

You will already feel her rising energies for she is an eager moon to be riding free across the skies in her silver chariot. And she is not at all phased by Venus stamping her feet in Retrograde in Gemini or Mars flexing his challenging muscles square to Madam Moon, demanding action now.

For by the time she is full she will be shooting her silver arrows of love and life and for once focused action and will give us the burst of enthusiasm we need to get out there even at two metres distant and glimpse what can in the future lie ahead over the next horizon-and the one after that.

For if this Sagittarian Lady Moon is more about planning than doing and feels a bit like driving with the handbrake on, she is a reminder of all we can and must achieve. Those obstacles left by the debris of the virus we must sweep away or climb over, a reminder that all people need decent houses, all children enough food and somewhere to play, the elderly and sick and disabled respectful safe care so they can contribute their wisdom and insight to curb our blinkered impatience.

She is the travellers’ moon, especially over the seas or vast land masses, stirring up the desire for adventures, house moves and journeys into the unchartered places. And even if right now those adventures have to be at the planning and dreaming stage, in the meantime there are 1001 creative ventures we can start -and still make time for when we dive back into the daily world, writing that book, learning a new language, gardening, cooking, making new friends on the Internet. And many older relatives say they’ve seen a lot more of the family on social media in the last couple of months than when everyone was scurrying in different directions- and we must not lose that connection.

For by that next Sagittarian moon we’ll know where we want to go, whom be with and sometimes that the elusive happiness is right where we were all along.



Happy
May Super-moon 2020

How appropriate it should be in these times of doubt, the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 7 at 10.45 am UTC, the last Supermoon of 2020, appearing two days after it reaches closest to the earth in its orbit

This moon is called among some Native North American nations Full Flower Moon, Big Leaf Moon or Planting Moon and in lands influenced by the Anglo Saxons it has retained the name Milk Moon, eagerly awaited in colder climates as the moon of blossoming life and growth. For life does still blossom, and the flowers still bloom, the birds are nesting and wildlife has become caretaker of the world in our absence There’s a goose nesting in the middle of York station in Northern England, incubating new life on the almost deserted concourse. The natural turns without our intervention and reclaims the now vacated places once crammed and polluted with the relentless thunder of cars.

The angel of this full moon is Bariel, the Angel of small miracles to whom whatever our faith or with no formal belief system, we can light a circle of seven burgundy or white candles any night over the next few days.

Say for each candle Bariel, angel of small miracles, bring the small miracle I do so earnestly desire and I will do good in the world.

Blow into each flame softly asking for what you most need, maybe healing for someone who is ill with the virus, for comfort to those who have lost relatives who had many years of living still waiting to unfold, the diminishing of the virus, the discovery of an effective treatment or vaccine, asking Bariel to protect all who care for the sick and hold their hands when their relatives can’t be there, for those who keep the daily life running and for all who are locked in, afraid, lonely and the many children in our affluent society whose teachers are buying them food out of their own money, so they have a hot dinner.

We all have our special causes to be thankful for, our secret sorrows we can breathe away unspoken into the candle flame and take strength and light.

For the golden moon reminds us there is light at the end of the tunnel and at this moon of intensity we can reach out for regeneration, rebirth, renewal and growth of life again, though the new growth will be very different and perhaps appreciated because so nearly lost.

The Scorpio full moon has shone on others through the centuries who have known fear and loss, but also like us who have found unexpected love and strength. We are all one under this moon, our families see her in the sky, families whom we will meet again.

Until then we take courage in the amazing charity initiatives and above all countries who once fought and disputed working together to find the cure, to share equipment.

The world won’t be the same when we next see the Scorpio moon but those of us who do survive will know what really matters and marvel at the small daily miracles we will notice that were always there but we were too preoccupied. We have lost a lot, but some of it we never needed, the Scorpio Moon clearing the way for that better kinder world. We will meet again.

Leave your candles to burn through.




Happy
Beltane 2020

HAPPY BELTANE

Every happiness to you, from Debi and Cassandra on this very special Beltane, summer’s beginning.

Bird song in the darkness calling the new morning, blossom from the trees, in the gathering light blowing into my garden, a reminder that loveliness and love though scattered like the lives that now will not flourish because of the pandemic, fly freely in the breeze.

The approaching Beltane energies, the festival that in the old calendar heralds the beginning of the summer in the Northern hemisphere, are more precious than ever before, this year promising new life and the growth of leaves and fruit and seeds after the darkness. This darkness caused by the suffering and loss of life in almost every land is mirrored in the simultaneous southern hemisphere festival of Samhain, summer’s end.

For though death and suffering right now seem to overshadow the world, at the same time every time we share love with children, grandchildren ,great grandchildren, friends on Skype or Zoom when we cannot be together, love blossoms and dances, reminding us that there will be a new sunrise for every setting of the day . For we cannot have summer’s end in the seasons or our lives without the summer beginnings, as day always follows night.

When this pandemic is under control, we can and will still pause in the frantic demands of the returning world to share real smiles, via Skype, not emojis across the cyber waves to family and friends at those times we can’t meet, instead of texting or sending a rushed mail-and most importantly arrive at the door with flowers and a picnic and a hey let’s have fun.

We will make the time for living if we are granted that blessing -time was always there but too often squandered. We can still in the future happier times cook with family and sit around the family table instead of herded around other people’s impersonal tables in over-priced restaurants, enjoy the garden or local park and green spaces instead of needing to jet across the world to fight for a sun lounger around a jostling pool of strangers..

We are learning we can keep the best of what we have been taught at such a high cost. For when we can’t see friends and family, suddenly we realise how important they are and if we do have our families intact after the danger recedes, we won’t take them for granted or waste time on petty squabbles. We’ll go to the care homes and take our elderly family members who live alone to see the countryside because we don’t have to wave to them through the window anymore and whisper I love you.

We have seen death close up these past weeks, encountered heroism and kindness too. We know what’s precious, for me being brought a cream tea made at home by my daughter and delivered by my granddaughter to my door with a cheery socially distanced smile, treasured because of the time and thought- where once I would have taken for granted a swish afternoon tea in a latticed hotel conservatory.

We know now what matters and we won’t forget or be too busy, so we plea bargain with the cosmos. The old deadlines that kept us tunnel visioning won’t matter quite so much when we are relieved to see another morning healthy and hear that everyone we love has made it through the night.

And so as summer’s beginning and summer’s end enter the cosmic dance, we can stare into the Samhain dying light wherever we live in the world knowing that already the new Beltane light and life is growing within.


Happy Super Moon

Greetings to my friends on the approach to this Full Pink Super moon in Libra at 02.35 UTC on April 8 (see https://www.moongiant.com/fullmoons/ for the date and time in your region.)


Happy
April Super-moon 2020

A Supermoon happens when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to earth in its orbit and so seems larger and brighter than a normal moon. It is the second Super moon this year and it is the biggest and brightest moon of 2020. Special also because it is the first full moon after the Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere, the full moon that determines the date of Easter which is, the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. Whatever our beliefs the time of revival and life restoring.

Though it shines golden this is called the Pink Moon after the pink blooms of a wildflower in eastern North America called, the moss phlox or moss pink. It is also called the Sprouting Grass Moon,

Never has this full moon of hope and new life mingling with the balancing powers of Libra, been more necessary to calm fears and anxiety than in the midst of this worldwide pandemic. The Ring a Roses nursery rhyme, Atishoo, we all fall down is no longer an innocent song of childhood, no longer associated with the Great Plagues of centuries long past, for every time we cough we fear that the virus has entered our lives. Today is suddenly important , to say and do what we need now-and then if tomorrow dawns healthy we rejoice.

Balanced Libra ruled by wise angel Zuriel helps soothe fear, promises we can find a way through these dark times by following the shimmering moonbeams. WE don’t wish for the moon right now, rather we promise if we can just get through this crisis we will continue to cooperate with other nations to eradicate disease and hunger. We will value our doctors and nurses and carers and pay them properly. We will take time to play with our children, glory in the blossoms on the tree in the city street or the cascading autumn leaves.

A moon then not for seeking excitement and change, but reaching out for stability. A time for offering silently in the wakeful hours of the night to plea bargain with whoever we pray to or none, that if we and our loved ones are spared, we will work to make sure everyone has access to a well- staffed and equipped health service, that every family will have a decent home and enough food that even as we now have taken the homeless from the streets-promising we will not cast them out when danger is passed. We will visit those people forgotten in care homes when we are on our frantic dash, we will keep knocking on doors to make sure vulnerable neighbors don’t need anything except maybe some company.

Wherever we are in the world we look up at the same lovely moon and wish not for frivolities for fame and fortune but that when we next see the full moon the pandemic will be easing and when the moon shines full again in Libra the world will be a better place, calmer .more caring and we won’t go back to the old careless greedy frantic dash of self-seeking.

A wonderful moon this is right now for reminding us of togetherness even in self-isolation and many people have more communication with relatives now than ever they did when we could just hop in a car but often were too busy. We realize too that we had what we most wanted in our homes and loved ones and those petty quarrels between nations or family members really weren’t worth wasting what now for some is precious breath. Shine on lovely moon, already in the sky waiting her grand entrance, grant us a future to create a caring, kind and better world.

Stay safe loved ones, and draw the energies of the moon in to your lives.



Happy
April 2020

Happy April 2020

Even in these uncertain times the winds scatter the first April blossoms, sunbeams shimmer, sudden frost shivers us from our winter slumber and the showers tease as they splash against our windows.

These daffodils in the photograph bloom each year in a mass of gold on a local suburban verge of green. They were first planted by an old man years ago as a way of sharing beauty with all who passed that way and the flowers return year after year. For they were tended each year by him until his death and remain a reminder of hope and renewing life however dark the times ahead may seem.

After his death a local lady has ensured they still burst forth golden each April, a symbol of hope, needed more than ever right now, a reminder life will go on even as those daffodils recreate the memory of the man who wanted to make bright his small patch of the world. Year after year I have taken first my granddaughter now ten years old and then my little grandson to exclaim at the golden field. among the houses I was able to see them on our last walk together before my self-isolation.

The Ancient Egyptians said as long as our name is still spoken we live on - and the same is true with our deeds. The heroism of the Health workers and carers, the kindness of the community in watching out for the vulnerable in these weeks and the weeks ahead far outweigh any greed and selfishness that crisis may bring and shine, golden as the swaying gold of the suburban grass verge.

And so like those daffodils and the man who bequeathed their beauty to the ensuing years I believe that life will return - and until then we can make every day our own personal planting of beauty and hope and kindness until we meet again.


In these troubled times, we are one family, stranger as well as kin. Many of our certainties are gone. Yet even as borders close, we unite in trying to find answers to this virus that makes us all afraid. All cultures, all creeds are facing the unknown, humanity reaching for the precious gift of life too often previously taken for granted.

Suddenly all the pursuits for success, the crush of being herded on train, bus or in commuter traffic jams chasing frantically our daily living or dreams are stilled and silenced. The closing of entertainment venues make irrelevant our worries of not belonging, not wearing the right clothes, knowing the right people. No more parties for now, reminding us of our popularity or lack of it. Only those few people for whom we care deeply and rediscovering who we really are and our core values.

Some people are hoarding unnecessary goods as a way of insulating themselves in a siege mentality against what seems uncontrollable. Others are struggling to find basic necessities in the stores to feed their families and the elderly and disabled can be lost or pushed aside in the insanely piled trolley dash.

We are not used to sharing with those we do not know in a competitive society. But this lesson must and will be learned that there is sufficient if we buy only for our needs and make sure no one is isolated and hungry. Already communities are rallying around the most vulnerable even as food banks are forced to close their doors. We will become better people through stepping back from the race for first place and cease squirreling in overflowing cupboards the highest pile of consumables.

Even one day, hopefully before too long, countries killing one another’s innocents, loses meaning when cosmic threats are doing the job of culling humanity for us rather more effectively. No victor or oppressor now, just this worldwide leveller, regardless of motive or merit.

Our older people in our street we dashed past with a brief 'Hi, how are you?' with the answer coming when we are a mile away are now moving indoors, along with the sick, young families and the disabled . They now become the responsibility of the fit as social care already inadequate becomes overwhelmed. We hummed along to the Neighbours soap opera theme tune and every ten years may have attended a street party in honour of some distant regal figure. Now we are thrust surprisingly back to the old way of knocking at the door or telephoning (some older people aren’t fully techno savvy) vulnerable neighbours to ask what help is needed.

Back to basics, there is just the person we are in our hearts, no trappings, no diversions and we are all united in hoping our loved ones will be there this time next year. We must develop faith and trust as well as wise precautions, that the lights will come back on and that until then there is sufficient money to feed families and pay the rent or mortgage.

The streets with still blossoming trees, the tiniest back garden, balcony or window-box, the canals and rivers, the open spaces, the forests that can’t be shut down, become our recreation for as long as we are allowed out of our homes.
The local beauty was always there but many of us never had time to notice it, or we looked to expensive theme parks for our thrills - where now we seek security and stability as the rollercoaster virus sweeps over the lands.

Instead of sometimes meaningless kisses or handshakes for people we hardly knew or cared for, we have to make each written word, each Skyped smile or conversation albeit two metres away real and positive. We can’t make up that old quarrel next month, next year nor say the words of love or appreciation to an empty chair. There is only now and though six months down the road we most of us will be together again, there will be those empty chairs and too late are the saddest words. Flowers on a grave are no substitute for a pot of growing flowers or more practically groceries left on the doorstep or sent by post to say I’m thinking of you.

We are all brother, sister, parent, kin and a kind word, praise, admiration, recognition of achievement or effort, even electronically delivered can give hope, break through loneliness and sadness and make life seem worth going on.

When life is no longer cheap, we may still have the time to rediscover what is most precious.

Light a candle as it gets dark or switch on a lamp for a few minutes by an uncurtained window and say 'There is not enough darkness or fear in the world to put out this single light. Tomorrow will dawn and the light will return to the world. Until then we spread the light of love'.

When the world tips on its axis, what we thought was so secure, is no longer certain. Our lives are suddenly overshadowed by the threat of Coronavirus reaching pandemic levels with fears of sudden mortality for older and more vulnerable people, economic instability, worries about how we will pay the bills if we can’t work, children staying home indefinitely missing exams we thought so vital; cafes, restaurants closing early or not opening at all and major events, even sports fixtures no longer there to fill our no longer limitless time.

Yet there is light in the darkness and we will come through, better, stronger, more thoughtful.

In the meantime, we are now focusing on loved ones who are older or sick and the fear they might not be there forever and so they become doubly precious.

Basic foods, not fancy cuisines suddenly become squirrelled treasure and for every unnecessary stock-piler are ten who will look out that others have sufficient, check on neighbors and use staples beloved by our parents and grandparents to cook simple home-made fare.

We can’t jet across the world right now stamping our footprints on the aether. But we can look for the first time in ages at the hidden beauty of our locality. We can’t eat out as much or be entertained, so we stay home. Home becomes not an en route transit station to rest our spinning heads but a sanctuary to rediscover books, for children to enjoy colouring pictures, drawing and painting, simple crafts. Parents will have time to spend playing with those children so precious but often part of the frantic dash..

When the larger world contracts so our values of what is important expand, praying that our older loved ones (and I am one of them) will be with us next Christmas. In the meantime we must put aside family quarrels, tell those around us we love them, get out the family treasures and share them with pleasure.

We can cook together with families together in self-isolation those start from scratch family recipes of old. If Disneyland is closed time for playing in the garden or the woods and by the water, making tree houses and damming streams, pursuits where we can stay safe from infecting or being infected. To sing the old songs, tell the old family legends while we are given time, made aware even if we don't catch the virus, time is still finite, slipping away like grains of sand through our fingers. For now is the time, not some distant tomorrow we have pushed carelessly away, to see what we wished for was maybe there in our homes and loved ones. And when we do reach the other side of the Coronavirus safely and give thanks mercifully for lives we can and will rebuild, maybe those of us that make it (and I hope I do) will be more appreciative of the world and those we love.

So the light will shine bright after the shadows once more but even now we can reach for the sunbeams.

Blessings to one and all.


 

Happy Mothers Day

Mothers too often underrate themselves, putting themselves last, feeling responsible for the happiness of others. As Mothering Sunday approaches in the UK, very different from past years’ celebrations because of the virus, this is a story not just for mothers, but all who say 'It’s only me' when they speak on the phone to a loved one, always put others first and don’t realise their own worth.

When the Mother Goddess made the world, she put all the animals and birds in a net while she completed the landscape. Then she invited the most beautiful creature to walk upon the earth first. Of course, all the animals were quarrelling, jostling and screeching their merits. Only the panther sat quietly knowing her turn would come after the magnificently maned lion, the cute cuddly baby bears and the gloriously hued birds of paradise. Then the West Wind lifted her down and said, 'you are the most beautiful and so you must walk first on the earth'. The panther still did not believe her and so the wind showed the panther her reflection in a pool and the panther asked, 'Who is that sleek creature with the fabulous jewelled eyes?' When she discovered it was herself, she ran and never stopped running for joy.

Another Mother, the Ancient Egyptian Hathor, had a mirror in which it was possible to see the self as we could become. Remember you are of beauty and worth and can make or reinvent yourself in your own true image, even as the world is telling you otherwise. And if life is no longer working, don’t assume it is your own lack of value that is the reason, but you may be in a situation, place or with a person or people when the winds of change are blowing - and if you follow your dreams without looking back, hard though it is, your true self may be waiting.

On this Mothering Sunday as life moves to lockdown we are reminded of how precious our mothers, grandmothers and great -grandmothers are. If we had bad or absent mothering, a time to let go of the old pain; time when as mortality lingers just out of eye view, to create our own good life, parent ourselves, if we are spared, create a life of beauty based on what we are and not what we own or have achieved. And valuing ourselves and the preciousness of every single moment of our unique life in these dangerous times when many are suddenly reliant on their own company, is a lesson we have time to study, ready for when most of us return to forge that new united and uniting world that will never be the same, but can at last share.




Happy
Spring Equinox 2020

Happy Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere and the Autumn Equinox in the Southern hemisphere occurs today at 03.49 UTC time . For the time in your part of the world see https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/spring-equinox.html

I woke in the Equinox darkness to the singing of a blackbird on the small tree in my suburban pocket handkerchief garden. I was reminded of a story my mother used to tell me. She had the amazing ability to create a patchwork story by joining together and shaking up in her imagination scraps of folk lore and tales she had been told. She was the unpublished writer of a thousand books and I took up the challenge on her death.

She told me the blackbird was the bird of the fairy Rhiannon who turned the Wheel of the stars (being strict Church of England as she was, Goddesses were heavily disguised in tinsel and fairy wings).

On the first day of spring Rhiannon's little girl(who of course as in all good tales my mother created, shared my name) came running to give her mother the first sunbeam of Spring waiting in the darkness to greet the morning after the stars had returned to sleep.. Rhiannon admired it but as she caught the sunbeam in her own hands ready to toss it into the world, she stopped just for a moment too early turning the Wheel of the stars. The stars flew in all directions and the world became dark and the sunbeam faded. She called her special birds, the blackbirds and they flew around the world collecting the stars so they could be returned to the wheel. As a reward Rhiannon said that on the first day of spring the blackbirds would shed their feathers and become beautiful rainbow birds as the sunbeams appeared. I looked and looked through the window but never saw my rainbow bird.

So Rhiannon rekindled and released the sunbeam that burst into light and it became a thousand shimmering lights and spring returned. But she promised that the next evening as the sun sank below the horizon the stars would be there once more so we would never be without light, even if clouds sometimes hid it.

These are hard times. But like the blackbird singing in the darkness we can reveal our rainbow selves through unselfishness to others at this time of worldwide crisis.

For the Spring Equinox promises life will return and the Autumn Equinox reminds we reap what we sow in terms of kindness and compassion to others in this time of need.

My blackbird is still singing as the dawn breaks, my mother with her patchwork myths long gone. We all in the darkest times have our rainbow within and as the Equinox dawns, Spring or Autumn for you I pray we and those we love will survive to reap the kindnesses we now sow even to strangers. And maybe more than sixty years since I first heard the story, my rainbow bird is waiting just out of eye beam to herald the day.



Happy
March 2020

Happy March 2020

On 1 March, be the first in your family or friends to say White Rabbits to herald the new month and this will bring you good luck throughout the month. In fact, it should be a hare and not a rabbit we call for better fortune.

When I lived in Sweden and the snow lay still deep in the forests in March I was told the story that explained this myth, how it was said Ostara, goddess of spring (her Anglo -Saxon counterpart Oestre gives us the name of Easter and oestrogen) found a white dove frozen in the snow. She knew even if she revived it, the tiny bird would not survive the freezing conditions.

Therefore, she transformed it into a hare and said, Run and when people see you running they will know new life and new beginnings are coming.

The story is a reminder it may not always be possible to restore what has been lost, but we can move with optimism and determination into new beginnings, new hope. We can reach out into the days ahead. without fears for the future or regrets for the past. The dawn of the morning rises without our help or permission as we walk bravely and proudly into the beautiful moments we have yet to make, the new slate on which to write This is my day, this is my month, this will be my year..

Named after Mars the Roman God of War, this was the month war and conquest resumed after winter and was the start of the Roman year as late as 153 BCE. Mars was also the Guardian of agriculture, it was claimed the ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus who founded Rome. March marked the start of the farming year also and promises rewards for hard work undertaken now within six months.

The month is good for courage, action, passion in any aspect of your life and rekindling love in a relationship that has become routine or indifferent. A time for overcoming obstacles and the restoration of physical strength after illness or exhaustion, it encourages striving for independence from the approval of others, the growth of self-confidence, strong identity, innovation, assertiveness and the power to move life forward. March also favours getting fit, tackling bullies or inequality, initiating or launching new projects of all kinds especially business or an innovative scheme and getting rid of whatever or whoever holds you back.

The angel of March is Machidiel (or Malahidael), the innovator and a warrior angel with sparkling golden-red halo and wings.

The colour of March is red, its gems and crystals orange carnelian, diamond, Herkimer diamond and red and green bloodstone. The March flowers are daffodils, geraniums, hibiscus, hollyhocks, honeysuckle and tiger lilies. The incenses and oils most potent in this month are cedar, cinnamon and Dragon’s Blood. Iron or stainless steel is its metal.

Weather wise and personally, it is said if March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb.

We are beset as March dawns, in many parts of the world with extremes of weather. seemingly endless wars and the encroaching threats of Coronavirus. The courage and unshakably optimistic energies of March to face insecurity head on, with realism not panic or despair, strengthen the determination we will weather the storms and that better times are ahead. Temporary restrictions on travel and in some cases the need to stay home bring a new awareness that where we are and what we have may be the treasure we jetted around the world to find and that 24/7 frantic activity isn’t necessary for the world to turn. We may greet April more thoughtfully and with a shakeup of priorities to bring a different but maybe more fruitful regrowth.


Happy February 2020

Named after the Roman festival of fertility and purification held on February 15th , the festival of Februa became combined with the love and fertility festival Lupercalia held on the same day, from which we get St Valentine’s Day.

The beginning of February is the time of IMBOLC in the northern hemisphere, and LUGHNASSADH in the southern hemisphere. Click the links to find out more about this festival period.

 and Februum means purification and so the festival of Februa involved cleansing and washing with water to bring the new Springtime energies into being and wash away stagnation and what needed to be left behind. This can be as relevant in the Southern hemisphere for a new start when life seems to have hit a brick wall.

The Goddess Februa was mother of Mars, and Goddess of passion.

Indeed, many modern Valentine’s day customs derive from Lupercalia, that was dedicated to the goddess she-wolf Lupa, who suckled the twins Romulus and Remus, later the founders of Rome. On this day, unmarried girls and young men performed love and sex rites in the Grotto of the She-Wolf, in order to bring fertility to animals, land and people.

February is good for awakening new love and trust, for increasing good luck, melting coldness or indifference and planting the seeds of future success; also for any cleansing/purification of the home and your life especially after sickness or misfortune and also for driving away what is destructive or redundant.

The angel of February is Barakiel (or Barchiel), the bringer of good luck, and helps with reconciling differences, trusting intuition. combining two careers or interests, psychic development, changing bad luck, for dealing with any emotional matters and for overseas travel. Barakiel or Barchiel wears robes of blue and gold and has lightning flashing from his halo.

Avoid in February if possible, encounters with officialdom, committing yourself to binding contracts if you have doubts, matters involving logic or attention to detail, people who are manipulative or dishonest and those who show excessive emotions, sentimentality or changeability according to who is present.

2020 is a Leap Year and so this February has 29 days. Leap Year did not really come into being until the advent of the Gregorian calendar in England in 1752 and almost two hundred years earlier in Europe. It occurs on February 29 when the calendar contains an extra day every four years (when the last two numbers in the year date can be divided by four). This is to put the astronomical calendar back into synchronicity.

A Barakiel Angel of February ritual for bringing the good fortune you most need.

You will need

Five white candles as a pathway on a table, with a mirror propped on the table, so the reflected candle pathway continues in the mirror as well in actuality on the table.

Timing

Any time in February after dark, with no other light in the room.

The Ritual

Happy, Happy February.


Cassandra and Debi wish you a very happy, healthy and stress free 2020

A new decade is about to start. There are troubles all over the world, from bush fires to wars, from famine to political unrest. It would be very easy to get depressed and anxious, sad and lonely in this time of so much uncertainty. Our message to you is to try and think positive, make small changes for the better, whenever you can. Smile at people you don't know (it make just make their day better); be kind, considerate and think of those worse off than yourself. All these things cost you nothing, but can change the lives of others, in a small way....but lots of small blessings like these can make a huge difference. When a kind stranger smiles at you and says hello whilst you pass in the street - it makes you feel happy doesn't it? Maybe they've helped you pick up something you've dropped, or held a door open for you...small acts of kindness go a very long way. Be kind to each other and may 2020 and the new decade ahead bring you many acts of kindness from people close and from people you've never met before.


Happy
New Year

A RITUAL FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE

New Year wishes

Whether you are celebrating with family and friends at New Year or alone as I have the last few years and enjoyed it thoroughly, try the following ritual as close to midnight as possible.

If you go away or to a big party you can do this any time in the first days of the year.

You can also share the ritual with family and friends if present.

You will need:

A small dark blue or purple candle in a holder on a heatproof tray and a larger white candle also in a holder

A pot of soil

A small dish of dark coloured pieces of wool

Good luck and love customs for the New Year

On January 1 you can follow one or two of the age old customs to ensure you have the right opportunities to make the future you want.

Happy new year everyone



Happy Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice (Northern hemisphere) or Summer Solstice (Southern)

Alban Arthuran, Yule or Mid Winter Solstice from around December 20-22

Focus of the festival: For the rebirth of light and hope, for domestic happiness and stability, family togetherness, anything to do with the home and property and for financial security; for long term money ventures, for patience and for accepting what cannot be changed; for very old people, for carers of the elderly ,sick or vulnerable, for welcoming home travellers and the calling back people you still miss from the past into your life and for restoring enthusiasm and health in those who are worn down by illness or lack of hope.

Keywords: Hope, security and stability

Emphasis of the festival: Rekindling extinguished flames/light in the darkness

Energies of the Season: Turning point as the energies begin to rise again from the lowest point

Symbols: Evergreen boughs especially pine or fir, small logs of wood especially oak, pine and ash, holly and ivy sprigs, gold coins and jewellery, red, green, white and gold candles, silver, red, green and gold ribbons and baubles, tiny wrapped presents to be opened on the Solstice or a pre Christmas celebration

Tree: Holly

Incenses, flowers and herbs : Bay, cedar, feverfew, frankincense and myrrh mixed, holly, juniper,, pine , rosemary, sage and all spices, poinsettias , scarlet and white flowers and rosemary, .

Candle colours: White, scarlet, gold, green and purple

Crystals: Amazonite, malachite, garnet, snow quartz, snowflake obsidian, opal aura

Festival Foods: Roast pork (more recently turkey), thick meat and vegetable stews, mulled wine, cakes with marzipan and icing, rich fruit cake and puddings to represent the fruits, grains and riches of the Earth Mother, traditionally with silver and gold charms or coins hidden within, mince pies in Christian tradition to represent the crib of Jesus, marzipan, in Scandinavian countries a sweet rice and cinnamon pudding mix for the nature spirits, dates, small oranges and figs.

Angel: Gabriel, Archangel of the Moon, who took the news to Mary that she would have a son Jesus. Picture Gabriel in silver or clothed in the blue of the night sky with a mantle of stars and a crescent moon for his halo, with a golden horn and a white lily, alternatively with a lantern in his right hand and with a mirror made of jasper in his left

and in the southern hemisphere....

Alban Heruin, Litha, Midsummer or Summer Solstice

Focus: Power, joy and courage, male potency, success, marriage, fertility of all kinds, especially for older women and for anyone approaching middle age; for happiness, strength, energy, self-confidence, identity, health, wealth and career; also for maximising opportunities, seizing chances and enjoying the present.

This power can be harnessed for tackling seemingly insoluble problems, bringing light and life and hope; also for tackling major global problems such as global warming, famine, disease and preventing cruelty to people under oppressive regimes and intensive farming methods where livestock suffer.

Keywords: Power, leadership, authority

Element: Fire

Direction: South

Cycle of the Wheel The Goddess gives birth to the Dark Twin and so becomes the Mother Goddess. In turn the God is now the God King and they enter into a formal sacred marriage in which he promises to lay down his life for the Goddess, the land and her people. The God reaches his height of power and God and Goddess are equal at their coronation.

But by the end of the day the God knows that henceforward he will grow weaker.

Energies: The high turning point as full power begins to wane from this day

Symbols: Brightly-coloured flowers, oak boughs or tall broad indigenous trees, golden fern pollen that is said to reveal buried treasure wherever it falls, scarlet, orange and yellow ribbons, gold coloured coins and any gold jewellery that can be empowered at the festival, any golden fruit or vegetables.

Animal: Bear

Tree: Oak

Incenses, flower and herbs: Chamomile, dill, elder, fennel, lavender, frankincense, orange, marigolds, rosemary, sage and sagebrush, St. John’s Wort, lemon verbena and vervain, any golden, red or orange flowers

Candle colours: Red, orange, gold

Crystals: Amber, carnelian or red jasper, sun stone; also sparkling crystal quartz spheres


Friday 13th

Whether this is the beginning or the end of Friday 13th for you, it is the perfect day to shed bad luck so Saturday 14th begins a new cycle of good fortune.




Happy December

Happy December

It is a very special month of the year for it heralds in the Northern hemisphere the rebirth of the light at Midwinter and in the Southern World. Midsummer. Both are Michael Archangel of the Sun times and promise new beginnings, renewed hope and light even in the darkest hours, actual or emotional.

December is named after Decem, the tenth month after New Year in the old Roman calendar and ten is traditionally the number of unity, first given significance by the Ancient Egyptian wife and husband pairing, Isis and Osiris, deities who promised to ordinary people love and life that could never be lost.

What really matters at this time of the year in the run up to Christmas is communicating love and enjoying the company of family and friends if we are lucky enough to have them around. If not it may be a last attempt to try to heal breaches caused by others’ coldness or misplaced anger or jealousy.

Some people will never lose their acid drop tongues, but this is the time of year to make a final loving gesture-and if refused, to accept that extra love willingly offered never hurt in the world and we can close a door, knowing we did all we could and move forward.

Symbols of December include evergreen boughs especially pine or fir, small logs of wood especially oak, pine and ash, holly and ivy, gold coins and jewellery, silver and gold ribbons and baubles, tiny wrapped presents or messages offered spontaneously during the month to say I appreciate you when people are getting fraught over the ever-burgeoning commercialization and unattainable media images of perfection.

December’s incenses, trees, flowers and herbs include bay, cedar, feverfew, frankincense and myrrh mixed, mistletoe, juniper, pine, rosemary, sage and all spices, poinsettias, scarlet and white flowers and rosemary,

December crystals are amazonite, malachite, garnet, snow quartz, snowflake obsidian and, opal aura.
Happy, Happy December.




Happy Full Moon in Virgo

Happy Full Moon in Taurus

Happy Full Moon in Taurus on November 12 at 13.34 UTC and only one more full moon before the Midwinter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere.

Look at https://www.moontracks.com/lunar_ingress.html for the moon rise time in your own location..

This moon is called by the Algonquin nation and others, Beaver Moon or Full Frost Moon. It is the moon of love, radiance, beauty and harmony, for acquiring money, material security and lovely things, for the conception of a child and fertility in every way, for, getting a lover to commit or for a major money-spinning venture.

Use these moon energies also to begin a programme to become help your energies flow harmoniously such as Tai Ch’i or yoga, for overcoming possessiveness and emotional blackmail in others, to gradually reduce debt and to protect possessions from those who borrow and never return.

Her special colour is pink, her gems, rose quartz and emerald and her fragrances rose and apple blossom.
The angel of this full moon is Asmodel, angel of beauty surrounded by pink rays who helps us to create what is of worth in every sphere of our lives. She offers us persistence when the going is tough, patience, reliability, stability and to seek in others mutual loyalty. The message of this moon is value your own beauty and worth and ignore those who make you feel bad, guilty or over- responsible for their well-being.

Feeling tired, drained or inwardly resentful may not be your hormones or a sugar low but someone taking advantage of your good nature. For energy vampires have sugary sweet smiles, flattering words and make you feel that you are treading on the head of a baby rabbit if you say no to their intrusions or poor little me demands.

If you do doubt your own value or you are in an environment where others constantly put you down, try this Asmodel ritual around this full moon and continue as the moon begins to wane to maintain the positive effects.

You will need

A mirror you can see your head and shoulders in.

Five pink candles along the base of the mirror so their light reflects in the mirror

The Spell:




Happy November 2019

Happy November

Named after Novem, the ninth month in the old Roman calendar, November still represents striving for perfection and replacing the old and redundant with the new and potentially promising, often as an act of faith.

November is good for making dreams come true, for completion and launching creative efforts that have taken time to perfect, for aiming high, for overcoming with courage the harm and malice of others and banishing fear of failure, for success in official matters and for relocation or a second career.

Of course, since the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marks the end of World War 1 and has been adapted as a day of respect for all in any conflict who gave their lives for others’ freedom and the suffering caused by war, as the year draws to a close so we also recall loved ones lot but never forgotten. Time to let go all we tried and which did not work out yet which we can attempt again as the New Year beckons after recalling our strength and purpose.

The angel of November is Adnachiel the Voyager, the angel of learning and exploration with bright yellow robes, who in the Northern hemisphere, promises brighter days ahead if we reach out in our minds and maybe actuality( also heralding happy winter sun holidays) and in the southern hemisphere calls in the brighter lighter days towards their zenith. Wherever we live Adnachiel encourages clear vision, the uncovering of truth, wide perspectives and possibilities through brainstorming, flexibility, open-mindedness, optimism, enthusiasm and creativity especially in writing. He says there is always something new to learn, some new vista to explore even as we abandon with blessing what did not work out including relationships of which we feel we cannot yet must let go.

The crystals of November that are lucky and powerful are yellow topaz, ruby and turquoise.

The November fragrances are sage and sandalwood.

Its colour is bright yellow or blue.

November flowers are the chrysanthemum, red to honour the living and especially our mothers and white for the deceased and of course the poppy of remembrance.

During November, avoid giving unasked for opinions, impulsive words or actions, being tempted by too good to be true offers, gambling and unwise speculation or assuming the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
Happy November and may you attain all you reach for.

November 1 and 2 are in many cultures the traditional days of the dead when family ancestors remain with their loved ones after returning to the family home on All Hallows Eve(Halloween).

Mont St-Michel on the borders of Normandy and Brittany is according to some researchers, on a direct ley energy line from Mount Carmel in Israel to Saint Michael’s Mount in Cornwall and thence onward into the great ley that leads to Bury St Edmunds in East Anglia and ley lines powerfully activate the ghosts of the old legends on the ancient festivals.

There is archaeological evidence that the Mount has probably been a sacred mound since as far back as 5,000BC.Some years ago I was in the area with my family on November 1st, the public holiday of All Souls in France, having driven past cemeteries laden with flowers and families from oldest to youngest in Sunday best honouring the family dead in a way that is unfamiliar in the many parts of the modern industrialised world, outside Catholic countries. There was a happy atmosphere and the banks of flowers amazed my own children used to the dreary churchyards of England.

Mont St-Michel was the site of our pilgrimage for it is strongly associated in old legends with the Celtic Island of the Dead and their spirits are said to meet there on November 1st (this is traditionally part of the old Celtic day of Samhain, the Celtic days on which the old year had ended and the new year was not yet begun, a time of no time.

A tradition was continued until the early years of the 20th Century, in the village of Pleine-Fougeres, which stands on a hill some 10 miles from Mont St-Michel. At a funeral the coffin would be turned to face Mont St-Michel before being interred.

On the day that I visited Mont St-Michel it was crowded with tourists from all over the world and the stalls were crammed with plastic swords and baseball caps. However, there was an overwhelming atmosphere of darkness. The island was besieged during the Hundred Years War, used as a prison until 1863 and the notorious cage where prisoners were hung over the walls and left to go mad, was still in place until the late 18th century. The sense of foreboding was mingled with a sanctity that predates Christianity, for originally the ancient Celtic sun God Belinus was worshipped there and Druidesses had their home on the isle of Tombelaine in the bay.

Ghosts were not hard to visualise in the shadows of the unexpected stairways that seemed to end in steep rock and wails from seabirds on the quick sands, echoing the cries of those lost by the fast- encroaching tide which can roll across the bay as fast as a galloping horse.

Indeed in the year 1011 tradition says that a woman who was near to giving birth persuaded her husband and friends to go with her to Mont St-Michel to pray for the new baby. On their way back a sudden mist fell and the party strayed from their path. All at once they realised that the tide was rushing towards them. The shock sent the woman into labour and she begged her husband and friends to leave her and save themselves. Then she lay upon the sands and prayed to St Michael to save her. Instead of engulfing her, the sea formed a whirling wall of water around her as she lay and gave birth to a son whom she baptised with the sea water. When the tide turned her husband and friends came to seek her body only to find her safe and well with the child who was christened Peril as he had had escaped from the peril of the sea. A cross was erected on the spot to commemorate the miracle but it tumbled into the sea in 17th century.

On my pilgrimage, as well as the misty shapes only inches from the crepes and hot dog vendors are perhaps real ghosts who seem indistinguishable from the ordinary people, dressed in black or clothes that could belong to a few or many generations away. Take the old man whose eyes are fixed halfway up the steep grey walls. He is oblivious to those walking only inches away between him and the wall, while they seem to stare right through him. The figure is stooped with the cap and dark clothes of a workman from any age. There is a child in old-fashioned clothes skipping along alone. Who can tell whether we look like phantoms to them as they to us, gathered today on the Day of the Dead? The churchyard within the walls was full of flowers and mementoes. In the church, candles are lit for the departed by dark figures that merge with the gloom

According to the old traditions, dead and living mingle on this day and to share the path of ghosts all we have to do is to go to one of these magical places where they naturally assemble on their day and walk in sympathy with them. Alternatively light candles, get out the old family photos, cook great grandma’s favourite recipes and share the old photos and memories of the departed, their jokes and idiosyncrasies of the departed generation with the young. For it was said by the Ancient Egyptians, so long as our name is spoken so shall we live..




Happy Halloween 2019

Happy Samhain

The time rapidly approaches for Samhain, known popularly as Halloween in the Northern hemisphere and Beltane in the Southern world.

At Samhain, the beginning of the old winter, we can drop into the flame of an amethyst coloured candle, grains of dried sage, breaking with the voices of the past that hold us back.

On the other side of the world at Beltane, the festival occurring at precisely the same time, we light our twin red candles and make them sparkle with salt sprinkled into the flames to welcome the opportunities of the coming months.

Even better wherever you live in the world make a triangle with your purple candle at the apex and the two red candles at the base corners. Sprinkle sage in the flame of the red candles after lighting and salt in the purple and say, I will create the new from what has been lost and let go whatever stands in the way of claiming or reclaiming my power. Leave your candles to burn.

For both festivals occurring across the world at the same moment, remind us to rejoice in every day we are granted, a blessing and a bonus; as we look up at the fires of the ancestors in the stars we know that our descendants, hundreds of years hence will still wish upon the stars and rejoice at the seasons turning.

Samhain’s Jack o’ lantern whom the loveliest of Morrigu Fate sisters three times in his life asked to go with her across the river of death to immortality, was too afraid; so he walks between worlds with his small light, recalled as the Samhain pumpkin. But six months later he is reborn as the wild Beltane Jack ‘o’ Green, who seizes life, free as the burgeoning woodland greenery and crowns the maiden goddess with wildflowers. Both Jacks are one, are within us and the choice is not always easy, For we make decisions based on the resources and the knowledge we have at the time. We cannot waste precious time, regretting the past but must replace the fallen flowers with fresh budding hope to weave the glorious garland of the future.

If we do not seek to change what is inevitability, rather strive to make more beautiful every word and deed, then we can live authentically and eternally in the winds, the waters, in our actions, our kindnesses, in those we try to influence for the better and the newly blossoming flowers of summer and the late falling leaves of the approaching winter days.
For some this time is bitter sweet, the ending of a cycle of living we took for granted and so a hesitation before embracing any as yet unseen new opportunities . But better to reach out from Jack o’ lantern in trust to Jack o’ Green rather than hesitating in the shadows of indecision.


Happy Full Hunter’s Moon

Happy Full Hunter’s Moon on 13 October at 21.08 UTC. Traditionally this was the moon time when hunters would use the early rising light of the moon to catch their prey when the fields had been reaped. It is also called Blood or Fire Moon as its early rising made it visible close to the horizon, so appearing red. Look at https://www.moontracks.com/lunar_ingress.html for the moon rise time in your own location.

This is the moon of the traveller and the warrior after justice and truth , reinforced by its sun partner Libra whom it strengthens into action not just vague words. Go forward confidently and boldly under the full moon in Aries. For it is a powerful moon offering courage, self-reliance, good for self-employment, independent ventures, recovering health, launching major life changes, energy and passion for life.

If you suffer from bullying, aggressiveness, rudeness, ingratitude or cynicism in others, this is the moon that says, Give me my due respect. Don’t take me for granted. Value me for who I am not just what I offer.
For many of us nice folk do allow others to walk over us to keep the peace, don’t rock the boat. But not on this Full Moon night and we might actually enjoy our new found assertiveness and voice and not creep back into our mouse holes.

The justice and fair play aspects of its solar partner Libra make this moon supportive of all those who live under harsh regimes, lack equality and human rights-and personally for anyone trapped in an abusive or destructive situation or fear. Good too for defeating fears, phobias and destructive addictions in self or loved ones.

Hit ultimatums and even threats head on, not letting the 2am spooks in your head hold you back from taking or perhaps reclaiming what is rightfully yours. There is only victory, there can be only victory so don’t wait, don’t hesitate and then when that Arian moon is spinning in the sky you will already be poised for the leap of a lifetime. Plan travel you have always wanted but never dared. Cut back on indulging the world and you’ll soon save the money for that grand adventure.

Happy Moonday.




Happy October 2019

Welcome to October

Named after Octo which was the eighth month in the old Roman calendar after New Year, October is associated with financial advantage through your own endeavours., ending relationships going nowhere fast, for peaceful legal separations, divorces and terminating contracts and for starting again in a new place or career.

Use the October energies too for developing clairvoyance, finding your soul mate or reviving an intense relationship that has cooled but is based in deep feelings and for getting what you really want through your own efforts.

Good also for success in competitions and games of chance, for reaping rewards of earlier efforts, for all money and property matters, speculation and learning new skills and technology.

In October, avoid repeating past mistakes, extreme exercise regimes or crash diets. A bad month for sulking instead of sharing your feelings with someone who cares.

The angel of October is Bariel or Baruel, the Wise One and angel of small miracles who wears the colours of sunset.
Bariel offers us the ability to transform self and situations, the power to start over again or revive a stagnant situation and he protects against spite, jealousy and gossip.

His candle colour is indigo or burgundy, which is also the colour of October.

Bariel’s crystals and the crystals of October are fiery obsidian, red coral, black pearl and blue aqua aura, the stone of transformation.

Bariel’s fragrances and the fragrances of October are mimosa, pine and mint.

The special flower of October is the marigold, the flower of abundance and protection, a flower traditionally associated with increasing love and commitment and the calling of new love.


Happy approaching Equinox wherever you live in the world.

Already the new energies are in the air and will remain so throughout September. The Equinox is a magical time. We know the four main Sun festivals of the year, the Equinoxes and Solstices, have long been celebrated, before magick even had a name. because builders of passages graves and stone circles from the 4th millennia BCE aligned entrances and marker stones with the rising and setting of the sun on these days. And of course the earliest magick probably going back to Palaeolithic times was the Midwinter when people feared the sun was dying and lit fires and torches to give strength to the sun.

The Autumn or Fall Equinox in the Northern hemisphere at this time has always been a magical celebration of plentiful offerings to the deities so that they would grant in return enough food for the people through the winter
But it is also the Spring Equinox in the Southern hemisphere at precisely the same moment when Ostara, Norse Goddess of the spring, releases her magical hare as a reminder there are always new beginnings. For her hare was once a white dove she found frozen in the snow and she knew that even if she revived it that it might not long survive. So she transformed it into a hare as a reminder life and good times would return as she opened the Spring Equinox gates.

Every seasonal change point is a time when the boundaries between the physical and spiritual worlds are very thin and so we can become aware of those we have lost, perhaps a special dream, a sudden perfume or tobacco smoke when none is physically present, a light loving touch on the shoulder or through our hair or just a sense that wheat troubled us about a loved one’s parting is resolved as part of the Autumn shedding and the planting of the seeds of peace.

The Equinox is on Monday September 23 is 07.50 UTC , morning in London, later afternoon in Australia, dark still in New York. You can take from either Equinox what you most need in your life wherever you live.

If you are celebrating the Autumn Equinox, it’s the time for acceptance of what did not work while rejoicing in what has been achieved, persevering with what still may come to fruition and giving up on what you know in your heart will never happen as you hoped. A time for the completion of tasks, the achievement of long-term goals, for mending quarrels and forgiving yourself for past mistakes, for recovering money owed and overcoming debt problems, for family relationships and friendships, for material security for the months ahead,, for abundance in all aspects of your life, issues of job security or the need to consolidate finances; all matters concerning retirement, redundancy and older people and the resolution or management of chronic health problems.

Its candle colours are blue and green and its fragrances are apple, myrrh, pine and sandalwood.

If it’s your Spring Equinox, it’s time for fertility in every way, for positive life changes, new beginnings and opportunities, new flowering love, for initiating creative ventures, travel, house moves, clearing what is no longer needed in your life; anything to do with conception and pregnancy, children and young people, mothers and healing.

Time too for spring cleaning your life and, welcoming the winds of change, whether in career, turning an interest into a new life path or for major changes in attitude and approach in troublesome family issues.

Its candle colours are yellow and green and its fragrances honeysuckle, hyacinth, lemon, sage, thyme and violets.

Finally, a Rainbow Spell for happiness in the six months ahead until the next Equinox.

You will need:

Seven small candles, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and white.

Timing:

Equinox Eve or the evening of the Equinox itself.

The Spell:




Happy Harvest Moon 2019

Happy approaching Full Harvest Moon in Pisces on September 14 at 04.33 UTC. ( see https://www.fullmoon.info/en/fullmoon-calendar.html for the different time zones full moon).

The harvest moon is so called because it is the moon closest to the September Equinox, this year Monday 23 at 07.50 UTC. Sometimes the Harvest Moon is in October, In the Northern hemisphere being near to the Autumn or Fall Equinox, the Pisces full moon provides the light by which the crops can be gathered late into the night. In the Southern Hemisphere, it welcomes in the Spring Equinox.

We can happily revel in the lovely flowing Pisces Full Moon's cascading emotions, for the balance of the Equinox is more than a week away.

The Pisces Moon Mother, laughs and cries at the same time, says good bye, this can never be and in an instant is back smiling mischievously, dries the tears and dances for the sheer joy of being alive. She tells us where there is sorrow there will follow joy - and yes more tears, but then laughter again and trust will be restored if it now lies shattered.
There are no guarantees of forever, says this moon, not for the butterfly enjoying every last moment of the light or for our carefully accumulated Lego brick security we build again and again, no certainty that the planted seeds will grow or the harvest be rich and ripe.

Yet we cannot hold back for fear of being hurt or failing. On this moon we must drink deep of life and squeeze every moment of pleasure and treasure the precious moments and if we are wounded pick ourselves up again and again and again.

The Pisces Full Moon will help us to balance two commitments or careers or merge two families. She gives the power to overcome or walk away from rivalries and people pulling you in different directions, to reconcile quarrels, make headway in custody or divorce disputes and overcome excesses or imbalances of any kind. A moon that opens our psychic powers, this is a time when you should trust your intuition and decide what you really feel about a person or situation, ignoring what you are being told or what convention says.

The Ruling Angel of the Piscean full moon is Barakiel or Barchiel, the blue and gold, archangel of lightning and good luck, who has lightning flashing from his halo. So take a chance and use that lightning flash to see clearly what has been hidden from you, especially if you have been hurt in love- and are not sure if you should go back in the hope the other person will change .

Beware of others trying to control you through sentimentality, being manipulated by their guilt-provoking excess emotions and those who change their persona according to who is present and what is advantageous to them at the time.

To bring good luck into your life on this moon, light a white or mauve candle, Barakiel’s colours saying Good luck, bright luck, come to me (name areas of life where you need good luck most) shine favourably in my life, Harvest Moon.

Add a pinch of salt to the white candle flame, saying, Burn bright and light the way to great good fortune (add how you most need luck).

Leave the white candle to burn a few minutes, then blow it out, saying, I am lucky and will even luckier be, Barakiel Moon bring good fortune soon to me.




Happy September 2019

Welcome to the month of September 2019

September is named after Septem, the Latin word for seven because it was the seventh month after the New Year in March on the oldest known Roman calendar where there were originally ten months. It is a month associated with wisdom, knowledge, justice and truth and in Ancient Egypt with eternal life.

September is also the month of the Roman God Vulcan, deity of fire, metalworkers and the forge and husband of Venus. According to myth he fashioned a polished bronze mirror that showed past, present and future. Therefore, it is month for making our own Destiny and in doing so attracting that bit of extra magick.

September is good for uncovering secrets, resolving injustices, for increased psychic powers, for all forms of training, retraining, and tests and for finding solutions for difficult questions. It also favours holidays or relaxing weekends, working to solve long standing relationship difficulties and reducing outside interference, for marriage or long- term commitments and success in love and romance.

In September, however, avoid taking sides or being railroaded into giving an opinion, flirting or falling for flattery and con-merchants, making major purchases if the finances are not in place and trying to live a double life especially in love. If, however, a matter of principle arises, do not sit on the fence or try to please everyone.

The angel of September is Zuriel the Teacher who brings calm and reason to any situation, encourages idealism and balance and brings justice whether legal or personal, especially in resolving gender, ageist or sexist inequalities or unfair dismissal in the workplace. He brings the ability to see both sides of a situation, diplomacy and peace-making skills. Above all Zuriel helps guard us against unwise and impulsive words or actions that may be regretted.

September’s flower is the Aster, known best as the purple, pink or white star- like autumnal Michaelmas daisy, named after Michaelmas, the festival of St Michael, the Archangel of the Sun which is celebrated on September 29. Since St Michael was Patron Saint of high places and replaced the pre- Christian Sun deities, he is an apt symbol for the last days of the summer sun in the Northern hemisphere.

There are many varieties of aster which means star in Latin. Considered sacred to Roman and Greek deities, asters originated as ancient wildflowers belonging to the daisy family. A Classical myth told that asters first bloomed when Virgo, a Goddess linked with the harvest in ancient Mediterranean cultures, scattered stardust on the earth.

Another myth says that the Roman Goddess Asterea, Titan Goddess of the falling stars and of star lore, began to cry when she looked down upon the earth and saw no stars. Asters bloomed where her tears fell, so there would always be stars on earth. Known as Eye of Christ in France and starwort in old England and Germany, asters were thought to contain magical powers.

The gem of September is the blue sapphire, stone of love, commitment and fidelity and still popular today in betrothal rings, promising lasting faithfulness.

King Solomon’s fabulous magical ring was according to myth a blue sapphire and the gem is regarded as a symbol of wisdom. The Ancient Greeks called the sapphire the jewel of the Sun God Apollo. The blue stone was worn when consulting Apollo’s Oracle at Delphi in order that the questioner might have the wisdom to understand the answer given.

In the mediaeval world blue sapphire was traditionally worn when treaties were signed. Sapphires represent integrity and are a good counterbalance to cynicism in the modern world; effective for the speedy and positive resolution of all legal matters and all issues concerning justice and officialdom.
Blue sapphire is considered effective for channelling healing powers from an angelic or higher source into the healer and is popular with Reiki healers and other energy transference therapists. Sapphire amplifies healing through the voice.

Tumble stone sapphires are far cheaper and just as effective magically as the fabulous gems. Lapis lazuli, the stone of wisdom and blue lace agate, the clear communication crystal enabling us to speak the truth with kindness, are other crystals of September.

September’s colour is light blue, and its fragrances include lemon verbena, peach and vanilla.


HAPPY LUGHNASSADH in the northern hemisphere 31 August to 2 September

Happy  Lughnassadh or Lammas, between July 31 and August 2, in the Northern hemisphere, the festival of the first grain harvest. This is a time for reaping the results of what you have worked so hard for during the year and discarding or leaving for a while longer what has not yet come to fruition.

From Celtic times, it is often believed, this was the time when the ageing Sun and Grain God sacrificed his life for the harvest as the last sheaf of grain to be cut down. He transferred his remaining powers to the Earth Mother and sometimes what we sacrifice in the short term to fulfil our dreams can bring us long-term gains beyond what we hoped for. This grain was made into the first harvest loaf to transfer the power and courage of the old sun into the lives of those who ate it.

This continued as the Christian tradition called Lammas or Loaf mass on August 1 when a loaf made from the harvest was offered on the altar.

The focus of this period is for obtaining justice and for natural justice or karma kicking in, for human and personal rights issues, freedom from abuse of any kind; for partnerships, both personal and legal or business, for signing contracts or concluding property matters(good for house sales and purchases); promotion and career advancement and the regularizing of personal finances; for holidays and journeys to see friends and family or on business and the renewal of promises, loyalty and fidelity; also willing sacrifice for a long term gain or one made in love, trusting the cosmos to provide by giving without seeking immediate return.

For ways to mark this festival read more here

And for those in the southern hemisphere HAPPY IMBOLC

For ways to mark this festival read more here


Welcome to the approaching Full Moon in Capricorn on July 16 at 21.38 UTC.

https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/ will tell you the time of the full moon in your own date zone.

It is also a partial eclipse. This will be visible in most of Africa, in Australia, the Middle East, parts of India, much of Europe, the most southern and eastern parts of North America and most of South America. But you will feel its effects everywhere. A time for removing those aspects of your life you no longer want but preserving what is of worth and perhaps reshaping it into a new way.

Called Full Thunder Moon by the Algonquin people, because of the fierce electrical storms that occur around this time, in China this Moon is the festival of Hungry Ghosts when the ancestors are honoured with food and drink.

Unusually for a full moon this Moon generally is a wait until you are sure. Then act decisively and don’t waver. Conserve your resources instead of splurging, unless you are making what you know is a sound investment. The partial eclipse will help to remove debt issues and overspending.

The angel who rules this moon is Anael or Hanael, guardian of the West Wind and of love and fidelity. She says value existing love and friends rather than seeking new exciting ones, for sometimes familiar can be best in the long term when instant passion or gratification has faded.

Anael’s colours are indigo, brown and rich green, her crystals garnet, ruby and titanium aura and her fragrances, cypress, magnolia, myrrh and hyacinth.

This moon gives a boost to whatever is solid, especially business ventures and slow growing investments, advising perseverance to overcome obstacles..

Though it is a moon of wise caution regarding people and situations, it favours devising plans and detailed preparations, exploring your family tree and maybe finding that diligent detective work pays off quite spectacularly in discovering your roots. A time for taking financial advice, reviving old friendships, spending time with older relatives and for also for any slow moving official matters.

Avoid mean people, socialising for the sake of it, getting bogged down in routine and taking on responsibilities that are not yours or that you will later resent.

An excellent moon for the release of money that has been tied up or disputed being released in the coming weeks.
If you need stability or the regrowth of resources, love or trust, try this ritual on any of the days around the Capricorn full moon.

You will need:

A small round black stone and a similar white one; a small drawstring bag.

Happy Moon Days.

 




Happy July 2019

Happy July 2019

The Roman Emperor Julius Caesar named July after himself, as the seventh month, in his new Julian calendar created in 46BC. He was the first to make July’s association with power and high ambitions when he linked the Emperors with the Father God Jupiter.

July has continued this association with acquiring power, achieving ambitions of any kind, leadership, maintaining high principles that are worth fighting and for gaining traditional knowledge. It is the month for seeking justice, especially where the odds are stacked against you, aiming for fame by entering talent shows, reality television series or joining a drama group, orchestra group or choir just for pleasure,. Its energies encourage the success of all creative ventures, applying for promotion or a pay rise, marriage proposals and exotic or long distance holidays and adventures, for increasing prosperity through developing talents and for seeking treatment where there are fertility issues.

The July flower is the Larkspur. Larkspur, a form of delphinium, was said to have had protective energies and as well as being used to heal wounds, traditionally kept away ghosts and venomous creatures, reptilian, insect and human. Bunches of larkspur were also hung in stables to prevent animals being stolen or injured by predators. However, larkspur is poisonous if absorbed.

As well as larkspur, other plants of the month are asters, dahlias, marigolds, passion flowers, potted palms, sunflowers and all golden-leafed or very tall trees.

The colour of the month is gold, its crystals, orange carnelian, clear crystal quartz and golden topaz. Its incenses are frankincense, copal and orange.

The angel of July is the golden Verchiel, the Joy Bringer and a Wish angel, who tells us July is the best month for overcoming financial losses or setbacks. Verchiel assists in winning against negative people and bullies through personal effort and determination while maintaining your own high ethics. However this month, avoid being tempted to overspend or over- emphasize your qualifications and expertise, over indulging in food or alcohol or starting an affair you may regret by next month.

Here is a special ritual to begin in July to wish for what you most want, whether that ambition is for fame and fortune, to find the right love, have a babe, get enough money to be free from worry, to travel or just to enjoy quiet times of harmony. You can use your wish box for wishes great and small, as long as you only ask once a week on a Sunday and you can repeat an ongoing wish every week.

You will need

A wooden or metal box with a lid and key

A red candle

Paper and a red pen

A ball of red thread

Timing

Sunday evenings weekly

The Spell


Happy Summer (in the Northern hemisphere) or Winter Solstice (Southern)

Whenever you celebrate your Solstice, light two candles, one purple, one white for the sun at her height and the sun reborn. Sprinkle salt into the flame of the purple candle and say, May love and laughter last so long as the sun shines. Make a water drop circle around the white candle and say, May life and loveliness endure as long as the waters flow. Leave the two candles to burn through

The Summer Solstice

Alban Heruin, Litha, Midsummer or Summer Solstice around June 20-22 each year

Focus: Power, joy and courage, male potency, success, marriage, fertility of all kinds, especially for older women and for anyone approaching middle age; for happiness, strength, energy, self-confidence, identity, health, wealth and career; also for maximising opportunities, seizing chances and enjoying the present.

This power can be harnessed for tackling seemingly insoluble problems, bringing light and life and hope; also for tackling major global problems such as global warming, famine, disease and preventing cruelty to people under oppressive regimes and intensive farming methods where livestock suffer.

Keywords: Power, leadership, authority

Element: Fire

Direction: South

Cycle of the Wheel The Goddess gives birth to the Dark Twin and so becomes the Mother Goddess. In turn the God is now the God King and they enter into a formal sacred marriage in which he promises to lay down his life for the Goddess, the land and her people. The God reaches his height of power and God and Goddess are equal at their coronation.

But by the end of the day the God knows that henceforward he will grow weaker.

Energies: The high turning point as full power begins to wane from this day

Symbols: Brightly-coloured flowers, oak boughs or tall broad indigenous trees, golden fern pollen that is said to reveal buried treasure wherever it falls, scarlet, orange and yellow ribbons, gold coloured coins and any gold jewellery that can be empowered at the festival, any golden fruit or vegetables.

Animal: Bear

Tree: Oak

Incenses, flower and herbs: Chamomile, dill, elder, fennel, lavender, frankincense, orange, marigolds, rosemary, sage and sagebrush, St. John’s Wort, lemon verbena and vervain, any golden, red or orange flowers

Candle colours: Red, orange, gold

Crystals: Amber, carnelian or red jasper, sun stone; also sparkling crystal quartz spheres

Celtic Tradition:

Litha means light and Alban Heruin the light of the shore as the sun floods over the land ripening the crops. But it is bittersweet for the Sun God and Goddess who want the day to last forever. Because she loved him, bonfires were lit and sun wheels made of flaming cart wheels were rolled down the hillsides to prolong the light on this longest of days.

The Goddess, or her representative, cast her bouquet of summer flowers on a hilltop fire to add her power to the sun.

The cauldron was the symbol of the goddess giving forth her bounty on the Solstice and may be filled with small golden coloured fruits and crystals as coven gifts.

The height of the festival has always been first light falling on Solstice morn, like a shaft of gold across standing stones and stone circles, linking the dimensions.

Stonehenge is oriented to mark the sunrise and moonrise at the Summer and Winter solstices, built long before the time of the Celts.

Druidic ceremonies based, it is believed on Celtic ones, are held at Dawn and Noon on the Summer Solstice at sacred circles such as Stonehenge and some groups and individuals still keep vigil from sunset on the previous evening.

At sunset of the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, another significant ritual point the Heel (Sun) Stone outside the circles casts a shadow on the Altar Stone, thus marking the beginning of the dying of the year.

Norse and Anglo Saxon Associations:

Overseas trading, raiding and fishing reached its height at this time.

As the longest day of the year, transferred to the Midsummer celebrations of modern Scandinavia, the ancient Midsummer tree, linked to the Green man, formed the centre of dancing and music.

In the ancient Germanic tradition mountain and cliff top fires were lit on the Eve before the Solstice and later on St John’s Eve 23 June to give power to the sun

The Norse god of light Baldur was slain by his blind brother Hodur.

In the traditional version of the legend, the young sun god was doomed to remain in the Underworld until the last battle, Ragnarok. But ore positive version tells that Hel, the guardian of the underworld, so moved by the tears of his mother that she allowed the Goddess of Spring, Ostara, to restore him each year to the world at Yule for half of the year.

Christian:

The Christian festival of Midsummer is very close to St John’s Day on June 24th. John’s own mother was long beyond childbearing years and thus regarded as a virgin birth. In the early Christian Celtic tradition, John was linked with the dark brother of the Solar deity who would in a variation of the Celtic myth cycle after the Longest Day rule the waning year.

The ancient maybe pre Celtic myth of the Oak King who ruled form Midwinter to Midsummer and the Holly King who ruled form Midsummer to Midwinter became linked to the Christian tradition and oak fires were burned at Midsummer right until Victorian times

Married women who wanted to get pregnant would walk naked in a garden at midnight and pick the golden herb of midsummer, St John’s Wort, on the Eve of St John. Young girls would not eat anything all day and they would pick the same herb to put under their pillow to dream of their true love.

Mediterranean:

In the Basque region of Northern Spain, the Sun is still revered in folk custom as Grandmother Sun. Her worship has been transferred to the Virgin Mary who is associated with mother Mari, the Storm Goddess in whose wise bosom Grandmother Sun sleeps at night.

On Midsummer Eve sun vigils were held until recently to see the Sun Goddess touch the mountain tops and dance at Dawn. The watchers would then bathe in streams in the magical Midsummer waters that are still believed to have healing and empowering properties.

Juno the Roman Mother Goddess was patron of marriage and of childbirth and she protected women from birth to the grave. June, her month, is considered to be the most fortunate for marriages

Ritual activity:

This works as well whether you are celebrating the festival alone or with others and is based on an old Scandinavian folk custom.

Other activities

Southern hemisphere activities

If you live in the Southern hemisphere you may like to incorporate some of the above into your Midwinter celebrations especially as in some areas the weather will be warm and sunny and flowers still blooming.

But you might also like to try:




Happy Full Moon in Sagittarius

Happy approaching full moon in Sagittarius on 17 June at 0.8.31 UTC

She is called the Full Strawberry Moon among the Alonquin and other Native North American nations and the Rose Moon in parts of Europe. Wherever you live in the world, you will already feel her rising energies. For she is a moon impatient to be riding across the skies in her silver chariot. By the time she is full she will be shooting her silver arrows of love and life and action. Sagittarius Moon will give us the burst of enthusiasm we may need to get out there and explore what is over the next horizon-and the one after that.

She is a travellers’ moon, especially over the seas or vast land masses, stirring up the desire for adventures, house moves, and creative ventures. especially writing that book we all have within us.

Reach out for happiness, enthusiasm and optimism, to bring good ideas into practice to solve old dilemmas or obstacles and to call lost pets home. She will offer protection on any journeys and commuting and will start the process of slowing and eventually reversing financial losses.

Suddenly anything is possible, as the box or the prison of the world’s prohibitions and restrictions and self-imposed limitations open wide. Now is the time to initiate learning new things and visiting new places, trying different languages and venturesome activities.

Just be careful you don’t speak your mind a little too frankly and think afterwards as she is not a moon that encourages tact. Above all, beware of throwing out the baby with the bathwater. If in doubt wait a day or two and see if you feel the same or if you realize the grand I’m out of here get lost speech full of razor sharp witticisms and Oscar winning repartees will not pay the rent.

Her special angel is Adnachiel or Advachiel, the angel of learning and exploration with bright yellow robes who dispenses gloom and doom and reminds us the dress rehearsal is over. For this full moon marks the grand opening of the rest of your life.

Candle Colour: Orange or bright yellow

Incense: Hibiscus, sandalwood or sage

Crystal: Turquoise or ruby.




Happy June

Happy month of June

Happy month of June and we are half way through the year, so let’s make it a wonderfully memorable month.
June is named after Juno, Roman Goddess of marriage, protectress of women and Goddess of the fruitful harvest to come.

Juno’s month is considered most fortunate for marriage and like Hera, her Ancient Greek equivalent, Juno’s sacred creature is the peacock, whose tail feathers are said to protect all against the Evil Eye.
Juno’s symbols are the lily and the fig tree.

The month of June is good for all matters concerning marriage and love commitment, fidelity, partnerships of all kinds, fertility, for peace and prosperity for men as well as women and the building up finances.

Juno’s candle colour is green, her crystal emerald or jade and her fragrance lily.

Muriel the Healer is the Angel of June, the silvery and pearl robed angel with her magic carpet of dreams. She is a granter of all wishes and realistic dreams, the fairy godmother of the angelic world. So dare to wish and then make it come true. In June, Muriel guides on sensitive family issues, helping contact with an estranged friend or relative, assists imaginative projects, home making or DIY ventures, beautiful gardens, starting a counselling or spiritual career, welcoming new family members, conceiving a baby, fertility tests or treatment if there are difficulties and for keeping secrets.

Make a wish on June1 and cast a pearl into flowing water.

Don’t worry unnecessarily about home and loved ones, but be careful with whom you share secrets.

Red Roses are a June flower, symbol of love in almost every age and culture. The red rose says `I love you and I will love you forever.’

Rosebuds were symbols of first or new love, the blossoming rose of passion and commitment while the full blown rose is a token of love in maturity. Buy June roses for someone you love as a reminder of the appreciation that can get buried under the daily demands of living and may not often enough be expressed.

If you are alone whether by choice or circumstance, buy yourself red roses as a reminder you are whole, complete and of immense worth as you are now and that anything is possible as you reach out in June for your heart's desire. .




Happy Full Moon in Scorpio

Happy approaching Full Moon in Scorpio on May 18

Happy approaching Full Moon in Scorpio on May 18, 21. 11 UTC in Scorpio. It is called among some Native North American nations Full Flower Moon, Big Leaf Moon or Planting Moon and so is eagerly awaited in colder climates as the moon of blossoming life and growth.

Combined with the intense energies of Scorpio, this Full Moon promises transformation inside and out, the fulfilment of any urgent wish or desire, regeneration, rebirth, renewal and growth - and as Scorpio reminds us the time to clear the way for those new energies by weeding out what or who is stifling your freedom and enthusiasm.

Anything is possible, for this is the Moon of Bariel, the Angel of small miracles to whom you can light a circle of seven burgundy or indigo candles any night over the next few days and say for each candle, Bariel, angel of small miracles, give me the power to move forward and the initiative to make my own small miracles happen every day.
Leave your candles to burn through.

Most importantly Full Moon in Scorpio offers protection against physical, emotional or psychic attack and jealousy and from anyone seeking revenge, so you can be free to be who and what you truly are without fear, disapproval or criticism.

Pass a Bariel Full moon crystal, obsidian, onyx, rhodonite, brown zircon, Desert Rose, black pearl or aqua aura seven times through an incense stick smoke in mimosa, pine or mint, Bariel’s fragrances and ask for the strength and focus to make that supreme effort, to get out of the rut, the doldrums, inertia and routine, to leap out of the stagnant pool into the fast- moving river where you can go with the flow to the open waters of endless possibility.
Maybe you will at last find your home or realise that home is wherever you are and turn with pleasure and not a little courage your face to the intensity of the rain, the sun, the winds and greet and meet life head on, maybe for the first time in ages and know freedom.


HAPPY BELTANE from Sunset on April 30 to sunset on May 2

This is the second major festival or Sabbat of the Year. Beltane or Beltain is named after the Irish Bealtaine meaning ‘Bel-fire’, the fire of the Celtic god of light, known as Bel, Beli or Belinus. Also known as May Eve, May Day, and Walpurgis Night, Beltane occurs at the beginning of May. It celebrates coming of the old summer and the flowering of life. The Goddess manifests as the May Queen and Flora, Goddess of Flowers whose festival was celebrated in Ancient Rome in early May.

Animal: cow

Tree: hawthorn

Incense and herbs: almond, angelica, ash, cowslip, frankincense, hawthorn, lilac, marigold and roses for love.

Candle Colours: dark green, scarlet and silver candles

Crystals: Sparkling citrines, clear crystal quartz, golden tiger’s eyes, amber and topaz.

Symbols: As a focus, gather fresh greenery, especially hawthorn (indoors only on May 1), any flowers that are native to your region. Dew is especially potent when gathered on May 1 morning – traditionally girls would bathe their faces in it, You can substitute pure spring water left for a moon and sun cycle in a crystal or glass container, beginning at sunset on April 30.

Deities: Sulis (Minerva). At the sacred Celtic hot springs at Baths, the Romans built their own magnificent healing edifices, combining the indigenous Sulis, the Celtic Sun Goddess and resident patroness of the sacred waters at Bath, with their own Minerva Goddess of Wisdom.

Beltane rituals

These are for maximising the fertility energies first experienced at the Equinox, whether for conceiving a child or bringing a business matter to fruition. They can improve health and increase in energy, optimism and self-confidence as the light and warmth move into summer.

Sundown on May Eve heralded the signal for Druids to kindle the great Bel-fires from nine different kinds of wood by turning an oaken spindle in an oaken sockets, on top of the nearest beacon hill, for example on Tara Hill, Co. Meath, in Ireland, former home of the Dagda the hero gods of old Ireland. As time went on every village would have its Beltane fires which were attributed with both fertility and healing powers.

Young couples leapt over the twin Beltane Fires, ran between them or danced clockwise. Cattle released from the barns after the long winter, were driven between two fires to cleanse them of disease and ensure their continuing fertility and rich milk yield for the coming months.

But the chief feature of the festival was the custom that dates back to the first farming communities and finds echoes worldwide of young couples going into the woods and fields to make love and bring back the first May or hawthorn blossoms to decorate homes and barns. May Day is the only time of year, according to tradition, that hawthorn may be brought indoors.

May Baskets filled with the first flowers of summer were left on doorsteps of friends, family, lovers and the elderly and infirm, a custom that is worthy of revival in every community and home.
Beltane is therefore a festival potent for fertility magic of all kinds, whether conceiving a child or financial or business ventures bearing fruit, for an improvement in health and an increase in energy as the light and warmth move into summer.

As a focus gather fresh greenery, especially hawthorn (indoors only on May 1), any flowers that are native to your region, placed in baskets; gather dew potent especially on May 1 morn when girls would bathe their faces in it, or pure spring water left for a full sun and moon cycle in a crystal or glass container.

Personal Activities

A Beltane fertility ritual

This can be carried at any time when you need fertility on any New moon or on Beltane Eve.

  • Secure each ribbon underneath in a loose knot to another so they form threes; saying:

  • As one becomes two, becomes three,
    So three to six to nine,
    Winding, binding,
    Babe of mine (or wish if it is another fertility matter).

    I have a knitted cradle that folds like a bag over the baby within, or you can buy large pottery or wooden hens used for holding eggs. But any lid will do - even the lid of a silver-coloured wok. Magic is all about adapting the available tools, rather than modifying or not carrying out a ritual. Our ancestors managed remarkably well with the hedgerows and fields as source material and much of today’s most potent magic has a simple countryside origin.

    Throw the pieces on to a bonfire or fire in a domestic hearth and look into the embers to see pictures of a brighter tomorrow.

    A joint Beltane and Samhain twin apple ritual

    Apples represent life and health and fertility/creativity.

     

    The Place on the Wheel

    Beltaine or Beltane is named after the Irish god of light, in whose honour fires were kindled at this time by rubbing wood together.

    Sundown on May Eve heralded the signal for the Celtic Druids to kindle the great Bel-fires from nine different kinds of wood.  At this time cattle were released from the winter barns and driven between twin fires to cleanse them and to invoke fertility as they were released into the fields.

    Winter was finally dead as at midnight on May Eve Caillieach Bhuer, the old hag of winter, cast her staff under a holly bush and turned to stone until six months later on Halloween.

    A time of great fairy activity, especially around standing stones and stone circles.

    Sacred wells are very potent on May 1 both for healing and fertility.

     

    Ways of Marking the Festival in the Modern World


    As we hear of yet another tragic attack on innocents in Sri Lanka, our heart and blessings go out to those who have suffered loss or whose family have been injured needlessly by wanton destructiveness. There are no excuses for such evil, no true religion could ever condone such slaughter. It is understandable to despair and avoid going on holiday overseas or indeed to theatres and concerts at home for nowhere seems immune from danger.

    Yet if we restrict our lives, terrorism has won and we have lost our freedom, so we have to go on, being vigilant but not constantly looking over our shoulders or staying indoors.

    Hard though it is, we cannot, must not stop believing in the innate goodness of the majority of humanity of all races and creeds.

    Nothing diminishes the evil done to innocents and we must all, of every race and creed, speak out and unite against those who are prepared to kill whoever is in their path of destruction. Yet we must hope and will not give up.

    But those of us who have our families safe today, we should speak words of love and gratitude and forgiveness for old hurts and guilt imposed unfairly and be glad we have them and our friends still in our lives, uninjured and able to build new moments of joy and reconciliation. Now is the moment to appreciate and to reach out across superficial divisions and petty differences to build a shared tomorrow that maybe can endure in our homes and with loved ones and spread outwards like a ripple in a pool, in our community, our land and one day, impossible though it may seem, perhaps through the whole world. Each one of us is a light that together can shine in the darkness.




    Happy Full Moon in Libra

    Happy approaching Second Full Moon in Libra

    What could be luckier or happier than two full Moons in Libra in the same year, one in March and the second following in April, the first heralding in the Aries Sun sign, the second bidding it till we meet again. Venus ruling Libra and Mars Aries, so a match made in heaven, though it doesn’t always work out that way on earth.

    The April Full Moon is on April 19 at 11.12 am UTC and is called among various Native North American nations the Flower Moon or Pink Flower Moon, Spring Moon or Sugar Maker Moon, as the maple sap is flowing. She is also the Pascal or Easter Moon for Easter Sunday falls on the Sunday after the first full Moon after the Spring Equinox and some say the tradition of Easter eggs comes from the first egg laying around the Equinox that were offered in thanks.

    Originally myths tell us, eggs were painted in honour of Ostara, the Norse Goddess of Spring and new life called Oestre in the Anglo Saxon tradition who gives us the name of Easter and oestrogen. Some Eastern European traditions tell how the Virgin Mary decorated eggs to delight her young son.

    The double Libra is the happiness moon through balance within yourself and not only through others; another try for strengthening or mending commitment, marriage, family, friendship and work relationships based on mutual respect, but offering freedom within caring, willing love, not tied up in the guilt and obligation web, independence based on support not sacrificing your principles for a peace at any price compromise.

    There may be relationships and situations not working out, that are hard work or where we have made mistakes or been less than loving and we may not know how to put things right or we feel betrayed where others have let us down. Decide what did not flourish but which is still worth pursuing, a relationship too precious to abandon without another last ditch all- out effort.

    Do not give up on people or situations where there is still hope and love or where we discovered what we thought was perfect was human and so flawed and that we ourselves are also mortal, not angels or demons. But if you are being pulled in two ways and your loyalties being tested or you are constantly acting as peacemaker and referee keeping the balance between people or factions who thrive on having you as the audience-and sometimes getting blamed by both- try this ritual as the Libran Moon shines down.

    An anti-guilt trip ritual for restoring balance when two or more friends, family members or work colleagues are pulling you in opposite directions.

    You will need

    A blue cord long enough to tightly hold between your hands.

    A dish of salt.

    Timing

    Around the Libran Full Moon.

    The Spell




    Happy April 2019

    Happy April from Cassandra and Debi

    April is named after Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, the sea and beauty and also Aprilis, a goddess of the Etruscans, the people who once inhabited central Italy.

    A good month for love and fertility, creativity, increase in any aspect of life, especially health and money, for enhancing inner radiance, healing and happiness; also for makeovers and healthy eating regimes, gentle exercise and energy work, creative arts, visiting beautiful places and spending time in nature, making your workspace harmonious and prioritising what makes you happy.

    This month avoid noisy, soulless environments, trying to fit in with people who rub you up the wrong way, arguing on matters of principle with stubborn people and trying to economise unless absolutely necessary.

    The angel of April is Asmodel, the Creator of what is of worth, surrounded by pink rays.

    Asmodel or Ashmodel is the angel of beauty, inner as well as outer and especially finding beauty in nature, even in the centre of a town. She offers us persistence, patience, reliability, loyalty, the expression of practical abilities and stability and tells us to value our own beauty and worth ignore anyone who makes us feel bad.

    Her challenges are stubbornness, occasional flashes of temper and over concern with material things.

    The April Birth flower is the daisy/ Marguerite

    The daisy was said to spring from the tears of Mary Magdalene at the crucifixion and was traditionally known as ‘the day’s eye’ or ‘God’s smile’. This was because the flower opened with the sun in the morning and closed at night.

    Mediaeval knights wore daisies when they went into battle as a sign that they rode in the name of a lady whom they loved. A knight wearing a double-headed daisy affirmed that the love was reciprocated. The daisy, a flower of Venus, is the most commonly used for love divination, as lovers pluck the petals chanting, ‘He/she loves me, he/she loves me not’. It is said to be a talisman for all who are pure of heart and loyal in love. A daisy root can bring back an absent lover if placed under a pillow at night.

    The Colour of April is Pink.

    The Crystals of April are rose quartz, jade and emerald.

    April’s Incenses and oils include rose, apple blossom and violets.

    An Asmodel Angel of April ritual for increasing your charisma and radiance if you are feeling overlooked, unloved or unlovable.

    You will need

    A mirror you can see your head and shoulders in.

    Five pink candles along the base of the mirror so their light reflects in the mirror

    Timing

    Any time in April, for five days after dark.

    The Spell:




    Happy Full Moon in Libra

    Happy Full Moon in Libra and Equinox

    Happy Full Moon on March 21 at 01.42 UTC in Libra and another Supermoon, which appears larger than usual because it is closer to the earth than usual. A special Moon for it coincides with the Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere, so a double dose of new beginnings and energies backed up by the oomph of the full moon.

    Balanced Libra ruled by wise angel Zuriel who cautions reason and restraint, has his work cut out keeping his excitedly anticipating flock from throwing their knickers in the air, But the Equinox energies give Libra a helping hand , for it is the time of balance, albeit briefly, equal day and night. So not a time for flirting or giving way to temptation unless you have thought out the consequences all the way to the alimony and who keeps the dog.

    Nevertheless the surging full moon gives birth a new and maybe different but well thought out future and that future will be about choice and not what was all that was on offer when you first signed on the dotted line after a glass or three of wine.

    This is the happiness moon through balance within yourself and not only through others; remember when New Age met the Bible? Loving yourself as much as you do others or maybe a smidgeon more; yes, another try for strengthening or mending commitment, marriage and work partnerships, based on mutual respect and offering freedom within caring, willing love, not tied up in the guilt and obligation web, independence based on support not sacrificing your principles for a peace at any price compromise.

    So this Moon assists us in getting the balance right in love and family relationships, friendships and work partnerships, a wonderful moon for togetherness or realising that you have everything you need within yourself, that you do rather like yourself as you are and for whom you are and that the future is yours to fine tune or change as the moon is rides high.

    Happy Equinox wherever you live in the world.

    Even if the dawn of the Equinox may not be as promising as we hoped, let's seize every moment and make it glorious and let not the sun go down on anger or regrets. Too late are the saddest of words and there is still time as the balance of the year brings all into equilibrium and harmony as Autumn and Spring join forces, to give thanks for the many blessings we have and can share; a special Equinox as we remember all who sorrow because of the tragic losses in New Zealand and ask that balance be restored to the world so all may live without fear or intimidation.

    In both hemispheres, we can recall the story of Ostara the Norse goddess who opened the gates of Spring. She found a small dove frozen in the snow and great goddess that she was, she knew that even if she revived it, the dove would not live. So she transformed the dove into a snow hare and said, Run and whenever people see you running they will remember my promise that new beginnings and better times are present even in the darkest moments and new life will return from that darkness.

    There may be relationships and situations not working out, that are hard work or where we have made mistakes or been less than loving and do not know how to put things right or where others have let us down. Decide what did not flourish but which is still worth pursuing, a relationship you do not want to give up on, a dream or project that seems slow in fruit, but which is the light within you , your reason for going on and so too precious to abandon.

    Go with all your heart for change at this moment when all is possible, but do not give up on people or situations where there is still hope and love or where we discovered what we thought was perfect was human and so flawed and that we ourselves are mortal not angels or demons. Reach to the future but take the best of the past with you.

    As I prepare to move from the southern to the northern hemisphere via Vietnam on Equinox day to see my son Jack and his wonderful partner Tara, to be with my beloved family again, my heart is in both hemispheres .I carry the fruits of kindness and laughter of my time in Australia and the sun of the seeds of new dreams I will plant back home that may blossom by the time I come back again in September, just after the next Equinox, to the land of the red earth and endless shimmering horizons of promise.

    Click here for spells and rituals for Spring and Autumn Equinox


    Blessings to all affected in New Zealand by this dreadful tragedy and to all who risked their lives to rescue those in danger and who are caring tirelessly for survivors and the bereaved. We cannot, must not give up believing in the ultimate goodness of humanity and in love and peace, hard though it is. For once we do, terrorism whether perpetrated by a lone being set on destroying the innocent, a hatred fuelled group or cynical evil organization, has won. It may seem useless lighting candles and sending blessings, but every positive energy however small, in the name of hope, is a statement in belief that the world can and must one day become a better place. Senseless killing is as old as humanity, but so is the kindness of strangers and those who daily work to make life better for others in need.

    This tragedy does put into perspective for those of us unscathed what are sometimes relatively insignificant worries, petty grievances and vague dissatisfactions that cloud our minds and toxify our thoughts. For we who are alive and well and fretting over trivialities, as I was when I heard the news of the New Zealand massacres, we are reminded of what really matters, the gift of life. A time then to give thanks for those we love who may sometimes drive us crazy but are going to walk through the door tonight or text or mail us, time to forget old quarrels, coldness and divisions with family and friends. A day to rejoice in being alive and remember we are the lucky ones.




    Happy March 2019

    Happy March 2019

    Named after Mars the Roman God of War, this was the month war and conquest resumed after winter and was the start of the Roman year as late as 153 BCE. Mars was also the Guardian of agriculture and the ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus who founded Rome and so March also marked the start of the farming year.

    The month is good for courage, action, passion, overcoming obstacles, for physical strength and independence, self-confidence, strong identity, innovation, assertiveness and the power to move life forward, for action packed holidays and getting fit, tackling bullies or inequality, passionate love, initiating or launching new projects of all kinds especially business or an innovative scheme and getting rid of what holds you back.

    Avoid negotiations with people who are intolerant or prejudiced, activities involving detail rather than the big picture, working as a lesser team member where you have knowledge and expertise and will get irritated, being restricted physically or following a set programme where there is no room for your own spin on it.

    Since this was the first month in the old calendar and the third month in the modern calendar, it is under the guardianship both of Michael the Archangel of the Sun whose year it is and so an excellent year for positive new beginnings and of Sachiel the Archangel of expansion, promotion and leadership and success by reaching out for what you most want and need.

    The angel of March is Machidiel (or Malahidael), the innovator and warrior angel with sparkling golden-red halo and wings.

    The colour of March is red, its gems and crystals, orange carnelian, diamond, Herkimer diamond and the courageous undefeatable red and green bloodstone. The March flowers are daffodils, geraniums, hibiscus, hollyhocks, honeysuckle and tiger lilies and the incenses and oils most potent in this month are cedar, cinnamon and Dragon’s Blood.

    A Machidiel Angel of March ritual for getting what is right when you know you are being misrepresented, bullied or cheated

    You will need

    An email printout, official document or judgement you know is wrong. If verbal abuse, spite or misinformation write in black on white paper what is inaccurate or unfair and who says so.

    A red pen, Machidiel’s colour.

    A pair of scissors.

    Timing

    Any time in March, but close to the beginning is especially potent.

    The Spell:

    Happy, happy March.




    Happy Full Moon in Virgo

    Happy Full Moon

    Happy Full Moon in Virgo on February 19 at 15. 53 UTC. Called the Full Snow Moon in parts of Native North America this is also a Super Moon, the largest and brightest moon and closest to the earth moon this year.

    The Virgoan full moon is the moon of health and healing, of striving for perfection, for completing any detailed matters and checking small print, for finding new employment especially if you have been jobless for a while or hate what you are doing, for developing skill with crafts, for gardening, protecting the environment and for keeping to diets and sensible exercise regimes, not extreme but gentle actions such as walking, swimming or cycling so you feel fit, harmonious and balanced.

    Lady Moon in Virgo will also assist in reducing the effects of chronic illness or pain and any form of addiction, phobias or compulsion, for helping children and adults to become more coordinated and feel less self-conscious and a moon for triggering an interest in learning about natural remedies. Above all she protects against those who would scam, con or deceive the vulnerable.

    The full moon in Virgo is ruled by Hamaliel the angel of perfection who tells you not to judge yourself too harshly or always try to put in 300% of the input at work and home especially if others are not grateful or take advantage of your high ethics and conscientiousness. Make this the moon when you start to refuse to accept second best in any part of your life, but strive for the best and in return ask for the best from others.

    Her colour is green, her incense is fennel or patchouli and her crystals jade or aventurine
    Light a green candle, sprinkle a little salt into the flame and ask Hamaliel to help you complete a difficult task where success will open new horizons for you. If you are in a difficult situation when you are doing your best against seemingly impossible odds blow softly three times into the flame and ask for her assistance and relief. Blow out the candle and know as the full moons shines so all shall be well.

    Finally if you or a loved one is ill, try this ritual as the Virgoan moon wheels through the skies or the day or two after when the energies are still powerful.

    You will need:

    Three green candles of ascending sizes set in a row, smallest to the left.

    You can carry out this ritual for someone else, naming them at the beginning of the ritual and throughout it and then speaking on their behalf.

    Happy Moondays ahead.




    Chinese New Year of the Brown Earth Pig

    Happy Chinese New Year of the Brown Earth Pig

    Starting on February 5 and ending on January 25 2020 the Year of the Pig is beneficial for all 12 Chinese zodiac signs as well as those born in the Years of the Pig 1923, 1935 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 and between the hours of 9pm and 11pm, considered as the hours governed by the Pig.

    Those born in 1959 (February 08, 1959 - January 27, 1960) and 2019 (February 05, 2019 - January 24, 2020) are Earth Pigs. While Pig characteristics are shared by all Pigs, the year energies will be affected by the Earth aspect, in itself very positive and steadying.

    The Pig is friendly, likes comforts and luxury, is the eternal optimist, loves freedom and beauty and naturally attracts good luck. Pig people are generous, altruistic, home-loving, diligent and chivalrous but can be extravagant and over-indulgent. They can also be suspicious of new people and situations and may not see over the horizon, can be over- reliant on the familiar, stubborn and materialistic. They are nevertheless smart in getting out of trouble and persevere to the end and will have money opportunities. In 2019 there may be small setbacks in career, but these will turn out well if they don’t give up.

    It is important for Pig people to balance work and rest for maintaining health. They are lucky in relationships but female Pigs need to persevere if they haven’t yet met the right person. They include Humphrey Bogart. Al Capone, Hilary Clinton, Henry Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Ronald Regan and Arnold Swarzeneggar,

    Pig Years are ideal for entrepreneurs and a good time to develop business. The later months of 2019 are best. They are also good for bringing long-term projects to a successful conclusion and for the welfare of those less fortunate. Beware, however, of giving more than you can afford and falling prey to cheats, especially in money.

    Special flowers include the hydrangea and marguerite, lucky colours are yellow, grey, brown and golden and lucky numbers 2, 5 and 8 , also combination numbers containing them. Lucky directions are southeast and northeast.
    The Best love matches are the Goat, Rabbit and Tiger.

    THE TWELVE CHINESE YEARS

    On his last New Year on earth, Buddha called all the animals to his side. Only twelve came and as a reward Buddha is said to have given each one a year that would reflect its personality.

    Each person is born under one of the twelve years and the year itself bears the characteristics of the animal. Because the date of the Chinese New Year can vary from late January to mid-February, people born around this period can find that they may belong to the year before.

    BIRTH YEARS

    The Years run in twelve year cycles, so if your birth year is not listed below, add 12 or subtract multiples of 12 to bring you to the nearest birth year listed. For example if you were born in 1912, add twelve and that brings you to 1924, the Year of the Rat. So you too are a Rat. The order of the animals never varies.

    SECONDARY ANIMAL CHARACTERISTICS

    We all have another side to our nature. This may be especially strong if you were born close to the Chinese New Year. The secondary animal can explain your conflicting feelings and alert you to hidden strengths. According to the time of the day or night you were born, your secondary animal can be found.

    The animals of the birth times are very stable since they are not affected by the date of the Chinese New Year. However, if you are born at a cusp time, you may find that you share characteristics of the adjoining animal. If your birth year and birth time animals are the same you may have a very strong personality, but should beware inflexible attitudes.

     

     

     

     


    We Wish You A Very Happy February.....and IMBOLC or OIMELC The first festival of spring (or in the southern hemisphere, Lughnassadh)



    Imbolc January 31 to February 2

    Imbolc means ‘In the belly of the Mother ‘and refers to the potential for growth in whatever way is most relevant in your life.

    In the northern hemisphere Imbolc is January 31 to February 2; in the southern hemisphere it is July 31 to August 2.

    The first festival of spring often when the land is still frozen is a reminder that new life stirs within the Earth and within people long before the effects are seen or felt externally. 

    This was the all important time when sheep and cattle give birth to their young and so fresh milk and dairy products were first available to the community after the long winter in early agricultural societies.

    This was in a number of pre Christian traditions the festival of the young maiden goddess. But it is also linked with the story of the newly delivered mother of the sun king whose milk is mirrored by the milk of the ewes who gave this festival its name of Oimelc or Ewe’s milk. 

    The Dark twin is still powerful as reflected in the cold weather and dark days but the young God of light is growing in power as he is nursed by the Goddess.

    The Christian Candlemas, the festival of candles, took place on February 2, the day of the Purification of the Virgin Mary on which she took baby Jesus to the temple for the first time.

    Ways of marking the festival in the modern world

    Happy Lughnassadh to my Southern hemisphere friends

    This is traditionally the festival of the first grain harvest but can be used for any harvest of any produce and a personal harvest. 

    The God promises to defend and die for the land. The Sun/Grain god is willingly cut down in the form of the last sheaf of grain to be harvested and his spirit descends into the earth, back into the mother’s womb, to be reborn on the Midwinter celebration as the infant Sun King. The decisive battle of the Light and Dark twin cannot take place till the Autumn Equinox six weeks later and so the myths divide again. 

    Some versions say the fatal blow to the Light twin is delivered at Lughnassadh but the Light twin lingers wounded for another six weeks until the Autumn Equinox

    In both the pre Christian and Christian tradition called Lammas or Loaf mass a loaf baked from the first harvested sheaf was offered on the altar. 

    Ways of Marking the Festival in the Modern world 




    FULL MOON TOTAL ECLIPSE

    FULL SUPER BLOOD MOON in LEO with a total eclipse! January 21st

    January brings us a very exciting full moon. This is a rare lunar event combining a Super Blood Wolf Moon with a total lunar eclipse (the only one this year). The eclipse will be visible from western parts of Europe and Africa as well as the USA and South America. The eclipse begins 21st January 02:36am (UT) in the UK and lasts 5 hours 12 minutes from start to finish, with total coverage time of 62 minutes from 4:41am (UT).

    It is called a super moon because it appears larger than normal, as it is closer to the earth than usual. The moon appears redder due to the eclipse when the sunlight passes through the atmosphere, the shorter blue wavelengths are spread outside the Earth's shadow and the longer red wavelengths are refracted towards the Moon. Dust and clouds in the atmosphere can affect the brightness of the colour.

    This first full moon in January is known among the Native North Americans as Wolf Moon because the wolves could be heard howling at Mother Moon at the hungriest time of the year, the time of the clan sharing whatever they had left.

    This full moon in Leo, because of the eclipse, intensifies your awareness of your relationships, emotions, family life and especially private life. It is the perfect time to take an impartial and open-minded look at your relationships to identify any problems. It is a good time to resolve any issues and start again with a clean slate. A powerful moon for reaching out dynamically and without doubt or fear of failing or falling.




    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019

    We wish you all a very happy January 2019

    January is ruled by Janus, the Roman god of gates and doorways, who has two faces looking in opposite directions, sunrise and sunset, endings and beginnings. In January, we step through the door from the past, remembering we still carry aspects of the past within us, good and bad, good memories, experiences that have shaped us, all those plans started in 2017 we can bring to fruition this coming year.

    The most important thing to leave behind as we step through the doorway are those burdensome redundant voices in our head, the garbage from years past or venom spit recently towards us that clutters up our thinking and fills us with doubts that we can succeed. You always fail, the words drone on even at 2am when we cannot sleep, the old put -downs of negative parenting, disparaging teachers, destructive exes, jealous colleagues rekindling dusty doubts in our minds. Why should this year be different -and the first slip in our fledgling resolutions brings a flood of Told you so from those cobwebby ghosts gloating on our shoulder.

    Better, every time we doubt or slip back into an old habit, fear or situation we resolved to leave behind with the chiming midnight New Year bells, to tell the detractors and distractors, many long dead or gone from our lives, firmly and loudly to shut the door as they scuttle back to the shadows. And consider, if those people are still dragging you down, whether you actually need them around.

    This month, let the temporary setbacks go, do something small to make yourself feel good again and start again from that point. New Year resolutions aren’t a once and for all, all or nothing, but a step by step. Make January the month of each day bringing a new chance to get it right, so by February you are striding ahead confidently towards your new goals.

    If the New Year resolutions are already proving too hard, maybe you were asking the impossible of yourself, whether fitness, diet, quitting bad habits or fears or making major life changes before you are fully ready. Take it slower, reassess what is realistic and a sensible time scale given all the responsibilities and stresses you have already and above all focus on what you really want for the year ahead.

    As January progresses we move into the sway of Cambiel, the Guardian angel of your personal identity and blueprint, who advises us to step back from unnecessary emotional pressures to be or do what others expect, not least those pressures we impose on ourselves through regurgitating messages cast up from our subconscious that should long since have been blown away by the passing of many New Years.

    This is your January, your future, your life a garden to be planted with whatever to you is beautiful and of worth and the choking weeds that hold back the growth can be gently but firmly pruned, especially if those doubters live on in your lives and you have to see them regularly.

    To grow your own lovely future slowly and in the way you choose take a tub of sunflower seeds or seeds from any golden flower, flowers of Michael, the Archangel of this first month of the year.

    May your January be filled with inner if not outer sunshine.

     





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